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Religion

  • The discipline of living

    Today’s readings: Genesis 18, 1-10; Colossians 1, 24-28; Luke 10, 38-42. In his letter to the Colossians in today’s second reading, Paul writes that there is a message in life that is a mystery hidden for generations waiting to be revealed to...

  • Promoting peace

    Promoting peace

    Despite a packed crisis agenda, at the June 2016 EU Summit, High Representative Federica Mogherini presented to the European Council the EU Global Strategy on Foreign and Security Policy which she was mandated with by the European Heads of State a...

  • Quotes and news

    In a letter to Argentinian bishops to commemorate the bicentenary of Argentina’s independence from Spain, Pope Francis wrote: “With these 200 years behind us we are called to keep journeying and to keep on looking ahead. “To achieve this, I think...

  • Who am I meant to be?

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 30, 10-14; Colossians 1, 15-20; Luke 10, 25-37. The stories in the gospels, writes Michael Frost in Exiles, far from being soothing bedtime stories for baptised children, are the most dangerous element of the...

  • Needed: a return to humanity

    Needed: a return to humanity

    After graduating in 1791, William Wordsworth left England to France where he became a supporter of the French Revolution. Because of his concern about poverty he was a strong believer in social reforms. He and his brothers were experiencing these...

  • Quotes and news

    In a video message to participants in an ecumenical gathering in Munich entitled ‘Encounter, reconciliation, future’, sponsored by Together for Europe, Pope Francis said: “It is time to get together, to face the problems of our day with a true...

  • With the right perspective

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 66, 10-14; Galatians 6, 14-18; Luke 10, 1-12.17-20. Discipleship as portrayed in the gospels is not strictly speaking a call to belong to a Church or to a community, but a call to go forth in the little worlds we inhabit...

  • Please sir, I want some more...

    Please sir, I want some more...

    This is what poor little Oliver, driven by his hunger, had the temerity to ask in Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens makes Mr Bumble spell out the reasons for his horror at such a request. First, Oliver ‘won’t ask for more when he knows what’s in...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis and Catholicos Karekin II, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church said: “We are witnessing an immense tragedy unfolding before our eyes, of countless innocent people being killed, displaced or forced into a painful and uncertain...

  • Road to Jerusalem

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19, 16.19-21; Galatians 5, 1. 13-18; Luke 9, 51-62. Following Jesus has never been easy going, though in times when mainstream culture was over-religious it was conventional to be Christian. But at the time of Jesus and...

  • Let’s celebrate life

    Let’s celebrate life

    It is rather disconcerting and depressing to witness the manner in which the so-called liberal agenda is being forced through in Malta. The latest attempt to undermine the value of the fullness of life is the judicial protest by a group of women...

  • Quotes and news

    In a statement, the Catholic bishops of South Sudan said: “We urge the formation of a single professional national army that we can be proud of, to defend our borders against external enemies, but not to kill our brothers and sisters. “We condemn...

  • Christ beyond religion

    Today’s readings: Zechariah 12, 10-11 – 13, 1; Galatians 3, 26-29; Luke 9, 18-24. The question Jesus poses in today’s gospel to his closest disciples – “Who do you say that I am” – is the question that has been haunting us throughout the history...

  • Seeking father

    Seeking father

    If there is something deeply desired by all it is the experience of fatherhood. This is reflected by the first words we utter as children. Adults also search relentlessly to make peace with their experience of parenthood. Today, on Father’s day,...

  • Quotes and news

    During a visit to the offices of the World Food Programme in Rome, Pope Francis said: “We need to ‘de-naturalise’ extreme poverty, to stop seeing it as a statistic rather than a reality. Why? Because poverty has a face! It has the face of a child;...

  • Love’s healing power

    Today’s readings: 2 Samuel 12, 7-10.13; Galatians 2, 16.19-21; Luke 7, 36 - 8, 3. In his exhortation on The Joy of Love, one of Pope Francis’ strongest and most significant affirmations is: “It is reductive simply to consider whe­ther or not an...

  • People on the move

    People on the move

    The main focus of this year’s international three-day conference held by Fondazione Centesimus Annus at the Nuova Aula del Sinodo at the Vati­can City was the refugee emergency and its challenges to us as citizens, professionals and...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing priests during a Mass concluding the Jubilee for Priests, Pope Francis said: “A shepherd after the heart of God has a heart sufficiently free to set aside his own concerns. He does not live by calculating his gains or how long he has...

  • Mending wounded hearts

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 17, 17-24; Galatians 1, 11-19; Luke 7, 11-17. One trait that in our times has become characteristic of the culture we live in is that it is becoming harder for whatever we see happening around us to rock our conscience.

  • The dignity of Malta’s poor

    The dignity of Malta’s poor

    The recent report by Caritas Malta about the urgent need for an updated minimum wage again makes us aware that there are poor people in Malta. They include two-parent families with two children, one-parent families with two children, and...

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