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Religion

  • 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...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Vincent Nichols said that some of the challenges society is facing can be better met if there is a broadening of a constructive dialogue between secular authorities and communities of faith. He referred to Pope Benedict’s speech to...

  • Presence as gift

    Today’s readings: Genesis 14, 18-20; 1 Corinthians 11, 23-26; Luke 9, 11-17. In the context of the debate on marriage and the family, the Eucharist ended up being a bone of contention. This is typical of a distorted, narrow understanding of the...

  • This is the Church

    This is the Church

    When Dutch Jesuit priest Frans Van der Lugt was given a chance to leave the besieged Syrian city of Homs, he refused, saying “I will not leave my people”. In the midst of the Syrian civil war, Van der Lugt offered shelter to both Muslim and...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily at a Mass at Domus Sanctae Marthae on May 19, Pope Francis said: “When riches are created by exploiting the people, by those rich people who exploit [others], they take advantage of the work of the people, and those poor people...

  • Undoing the puzzle

    Today’s readings: Proverbs 8,22-31; Romans 5,1-5; John 16,12-15. On this Sunday when the Church celebrates God as Trinity, we may ask the pertinent question why the Church speaks of a triune God and what difference does it make believing simply in...

  • What do I/we really want?

    What do I/we really want?

    A couple of recent episodes set my mind thinking on two basic questions: ‘What do I/we want?’ or better still ‘What do I/we really want?’ (I will be using ‘we’ to represent ‘I/we’ since I feel the two are so intertwined). In a first episode I was...

  • Quotes and news

    Commenting on 25th anniversary of the encyclical Centesimus Annus, Pope Francis said: “An economic vision geared to profit and material well-being alone is – as experience is daily showing us – incapable of contributing in a positive way to a...

  • Reading the signs

    Today’s readings: Acts 2, 1-11; 1 Corinthians 12, 3-7.12-13; John 20, 19-23. The Church’s claim that it is both human and divine has always been a bone of contention. For many, the Church is simply the world institution we know, and as such,...

  • Becoming a community

    Becoming a community

    Our younger generations are not taking to faith. In a previous article (‘Transmitting the faith’, April 17) I suggested that one reason for this may be that we are transmitting ‘conventional’ rather than ‘personal’ or ‘expe­riential’ faith to them.

  • Quotes and news

    Speaking to medical missionary organisation Doctors with Africa, the Pope said: “Healthcare, especially at the most basic level, is denied in many parts of the world and many regions of Africa. It is not a right for all, but a privilege re­served...

  • Until he comes

    Today’s readings: Acts 1, 1-11; Ephesians 1, 17-33; Luke 24, 46-53. True faith is when in the face of obscurity, we can be still, in adoration. The Apostles believed in Jesus while he was with them, but their true faith became manifest the moment...

  • The power of words

    The power of words

    The Catholic Church today marks the 50th World Communications Day, the only worldwide celebration called for by the Second Vatican Council (Inter Mirifica, 1963). The theme is ‘Communication and mercy: a fruitful encounter’. The choice of the...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing participants in a Vatican conference on regenerative medicine, Pope Francis said: “It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society. We know that we cannot always find fast cures to complex illnesses, but we can...

  • Stability in change

    Today’s readings: Acts 15, 1-2.22-29; Apoca­lypse 21, 10-14. 22-23; Jn 14, 23-29. The development of Church doctrine was always a debated issue. Our tendency is to perceive doctrine as unwavering, rigid, defined once for all. That was a Catholic...

  • Workers’ Day thoughts

    Workers’ Day thoughts

    Is what we are celebrating today ‘Workers’ Day’, ‘Labour Day’ or ‘May Day’? They refer to the same day of celebration most commonly known as Workers’ Day – a nomenclature retained in Maltese as Jum Il-Ħaddiem. In the US and Canada it is referred...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis told thousands of young people at St Peter’s Square that happiness “is not an app that you can download on your phones, nor will the latest update help you become free and great in loving”. He said true freedom is priceless and comes...

  • Social, political impacts

    Today’s readings: Acts 14, 21-27; Apocalypse 21, 1-5; John 13, 31-35. The focus of today’s readings is how the message of Christ’s resurrection is being translated in concrete terms in our cities, in the contexts where we live and in the networks...

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