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  • The miracle behind John Paul’s sainthood

    The miracle behind John Paul’s sainthood

    Floribeth Mora Diaz does not care if people think she is crazy. She is convinced – and so is the Vatican – that she owes her life to a miracle cure because she prayed to the late Pope John Paul. “I have experienced the mercy of God in my own life...

  • Historic canonisation brings joy, controversy

    Historic canonisation brings joy, controversy

    Over 1m people flocking to Rome to witness late Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II become saints on Sunday Two giants of Roman Catholicism in the 20th century will become saints on Sunday at an unprecedented twin canonisation that has aroused...

  • Resilient believers

    Today’s readings: Acts 10, 34.37-43; Colossians 3, 1-4; John 20, 1-9. Every time Easter comes and we proclaim that Christ’s mission is accomplished and we have been redeemed through his death and resurrection, I always have the feeling inside of...

  • What is life… if a child wants to die?

    What is life… if a child wants to die?

    Some pieces of torn cardboard hanging on a few strings. On them, children are invited to write their ‘Big Questions’ during one of the Prayer Spaces that are spreading in schools and groups. Reading their prayers reveals not only what these...

  • International conference in Malta on religious freedom

    A major international conference on religious freedom and the persecution of Christians today will to be held at the Dolmen Hotel, St Paul’s Bay, on May 12 and 13. It is organised by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN Malta), part of the International...

  • The passionate man

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Matthew 26,14 – 27, 66. One of the basic traits of Jesus as depicted by Matthew is that he is the prophet almost always confronting established authority. Jesus always had crowds and disciples...

  • Faith’s social dimension

    Faith’s social dimension

    Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and its celebration is cause for reflection. Historically, Christ was given a triumphal welcome to Jerusalem, yet only a five days later, people in the same city cried out for his brutal execution. Here...

  • Quotes and news

    Vatican Bank, technically called the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), is destined to stay but it will be reformed so as to be more transparent and accountable. This was the decision taken by Pope Francis who was acting on the advice of...

  • A taste for living

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 37, 12-14; Romans 8, 8-11; John 11, 1-45. In the face of the big questions that hassle us, the more we enter into subtle disquisitions, the more we end up against a brick wall with no exit. In the daily struggle to catch...

  • A time to heal

    A time to heal

    Each one of us is tied up with things that bind us with a certain kind of living, a regular pattern of behaving. We believe it will never change. We believe we simply have to stay tied up in a dark and lonely place for the rest of our lives. We...

  • Quotes and news

    Cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors have cost US dioceses and religious institutions almost two billion euros since 2004. This was reported in the 2013 Report on the Implementation of the Charter for Protection of Children and Young People,...

  • ‘Darkness at noon’

    Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 16, 1.6-7.10-13; Ephesians 5, 8-14; John 9, 1-41. We all seem to acknowledge that in modern times, science has opened our eyes to realities and phenomena about which humanity in other ages was in the dark. We are all...

  • Hello evangelisation!

    Hello evangelisation!

    Pope Paul VI’s great apostolic exhortation Evangelii Nuntiandi, which tackles the issue of proclaiming the Gospel to the people of today, summons all Christians to evangelise. The Church is inconceivable without the carrying out of this sacred...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, the newly elected head of the German bishops and one of the eight cardinals chosen by the Pope to help him in the reform of the Church, said that at the October synod on the family, the German bishops plan to...

  • Uneasy conversation

    Today’s readings: Exodus 17, 3-7; Romans 5, 1-2.5-8; John 4, 5-42. We happen to live in times defined by some as a new spring for the Church and by others as times of confusion and interruption with tradition. I would define these times as ripe to...

  • Saving Vatican II

    Saving Vatican II

    Saving Vatican Council II is the challenge the Catholic Church is facing. It is unfortunate that after Pope Paul VI’s death, certain forces on the Church have had the upper hand. I am not referring to the Lefebvrist schism. There are those who...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who has just been appointed to a six-year term as president of the nation’s episcopal conference, told German bishops that the Gospel account of the woman caught in adultery (Jn. 7:53-8:1) should be applied to discussions...

  • The whole picture

    Today’s readings: Genesis 12, 1-4; 2 Timothy 1, 8-10; Matthew 17. 1-9. There were times when, whichever way things developed in life, believing in a happy ending sufficed. The mainstream culture and perspective on life tended to consolidate faith,...

  • Spiritual destitution

    Spiritual destitution

    One of the renunciations Jesus requested of his disciples is that of earthly goods, especially wealth. This request is directed to all Christians. It concerns the spirit of poverty, that is, the interior detachment from earthly goods which makes...

  • Quotes and news

    The Gospel of the Family is the title of an address that Cardinal Walter Kasper delivered to the College of Cardinals on February 20. He said on Vatican Radio that the Church needs to find a middle ground for its attitude to divorced and civilly...

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