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  • A call from the cave

    A call from the cave

    A look back on 2015 might bring memories of terrorism, the immigration crisis, financial crisis in the EU and corruption galore. All might seem dark and gloomy just as it was in the dirty cave of Bethlehem that night, with the tragedy of a...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are extracts from Pope Francis’s message for the World Day of Peace, January 1. God is not indifferent God is not indifferent! God cares about mankind! God does not abandon us! At the beginning of the New Year, I would like to share...

  • Leap forward

    Today’s readings: Micah 5, 1-4; Hebrews 10, 5-10; Luke 1, 39-44. On the eve of Christmas it is two women who open the door to give us a glimpse of what Christmas really signifies. Of all the prophets of old who boldly and constantly guided God’s...

  • Not a tale of two cities

    Not a tale of two cities

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness.” This is the...

  • Quotes and news

    Opening the Door of Mercy at the Basilica of St John Lateran, Rome, Pope Francis said: “We have opened the Holy Door, here and in all the cathedrals of the world. Even this simple sign is an invitation to joy. It begins a time of great forgiveness.

  • Solace we need

    Today’s readings: Zephaniah 3, 14-18; Philippians 4, 4-7; Luke 3, 10-18. Three Old Testament prophets in this Advent season, Jeremiah, Baruch, and today Zephaniah, have spoken to us of confidence, beauty, and joy respectively. In spite of all that...

  • A candle, a loaf of bread and a glass of water

    A candle, a loaf of bread and a glass of water

    Before a spent out candle, an eaten loaf of bread and an empty glass of water, what is the right attitude: bemoan their loss or rejoice in the light and life received through them? Their disappearance is their very fulfillment because self-giving...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily for the opening of the Jubilee Year of Mercy last Tuesday, Pope Francis said: “To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the Father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them.

  • Rome fights its demons as Holy Year approaches

    Rome fights its demons as Holy Year approaches

    Rome is bracing for the arrival of millions of pilgrims for the Roman Catholic Holy Year which officials had hoped could revitalise the scandal-plagued city, but which threatens to be more of a headache than a help. Pope Francis took Italy by...

  • Saving the world

    Today’s readings: Baruch 5, 1-9; Philippians 1, 3-6. 8-11; Luke 3, 1-6. What we celebrate every Christmas is that God became man, that God entered history definitively, that the Christian religion is basically the religion of the incarnation. In...

  • The face of mercy

    The face of mercy

    Tuesday, feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican Council II, will see the start of the Extra-ordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis last April, on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday,...

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking in the Central African Republic, Pope Francis said: “Dignity. This moral value is rightly synonymous with the honesty, loyalty, graciousness and honour which characterise men and women conscious of their rights and duties, and which lead...

  • Resources to cope

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 33, 14-16; 1 Thessalonians 3, 12 - 4, 2; Luke 21, 25-28.34-36. The world is in turmoil, there is no doubt about that. Many of us will be asking what Christmas it is going to be this time round. The state of the world and...

  • A hidden revolution

    A hidden revolution

    The synod on the family is come and gone. Most of those who followed its workings, including the press, were mainly interested in the issues of remarried divorced Catholics and homosexual relationships. However, besides the issues of the family,...

  • Quotes and news

    The following are the five strategic priorities for 2017-2020 set by the bishops of the US: Evangelisation: Open wide the doors to Christ through missionary discipleship and personal en­counter; Family and marriage: Encourage and heal families;...

  • Truth, above all

    Today’s readings: Daniel 7, 13-14; Apocalypse 1, 5-8; John 18, 33-37. The pianist playing John Lennon’s Imagine just outside the Bataclan concert hall after the terror that struck Paris last weekend has become iconic of how in the darkness there...

  • Christians in the public arena

    Christians in the public arena

    If the Church in Malta attempts to contribute its opinion in any debate that touches moral issues, a firestorm of corrosive and outright abusive remarks are let loose in the media. This is particularly the case in the comments that accompany any...

  • Quotes and news

    When asked by a Lutheran woman whether she can receive Communion when she accompanies her Catholic husband for Mass, Pope Francis told her to decide for herself. Faced by the question the Pope replied “I’m scared” to delve into the theological...

  • A mystic for our times

    A mystic for our times

    St Teresa of Ávila, one of the great mystics of the Catholic Church, was born 500 years ago. Fr Mario Attard, OFM Cap, says that her experience is central to the way contemporary secular spirituality is evolving. This year marks the 500th...

  • Hope in distress

    Today’s readings: Daniel 12, 1-3; Hebrews 10, 11-14.18; Mark 13, 24-32. Hope is the virtue that dominates today’s Scripture readings which practically bring us to the end of the yearly liturgical journey. If we take today’s gospel text, it seems...

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