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Religion

  • The light within

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 31, 7-9; Hebrews 5, 1-6; Mark 10, 46-52. The gospel story of the blind man Bartimaeus meeting Jesus on his way out of Jericho focuses more on the struggle of Bartimaeus to regain his sight than on the action or teaching...

  • Good, socially responsible business

    Good, socially responsible business

    It is frustrating that we need to qualify a certain business or investment as being ‘socially responsible’. This qualification implies that most of the other business is socially irresponsible. Indeed, anyone following the financial media will...

  • Quotes and news

    At an event marking the 50th anniversary of the institution of the synod by Blessed Paul VI, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna described the Council of Jerusalem (Acts 15) as the “model for the method of synod”. He said the first synod was...

  • Conflict resolution

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 53, 10-11; Hebrews 4, 14-16; Mark 10, 35-45. As Timothy Radcliffe once said, the Church is deeply fragmented. This is the face of the Church that is emerging from the synod of bishops under way in Rome. It is also what...

  • Running on reserve fuel tank

    Running on reserve fuel tank

    I will never forget the smiling expression of a middle-aged Ethiopian after I cleaned some of his wounds when he was on his death bed. It touched me to the core: It was one of deep gratitude, joy and inner freedom as he lay there suffering. His...

  • Quotes and news

    Two Syrian prelates have spoken in very positive terms about Russia’s involvement in Syria. Archbishop Jacques Hindo of Hassake-Nisibis said US policies in Syria contributed to the growth of Islamic State, while Russian air attacks have forced IS...

  • Wise in the spirit

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 7, 7-11; Hebrews 4, 12-13; Mark 10, 17-30. Eternal life, for what that can mean to the modern mind, is the key to today’s readings, particularly to the gospel story of a man who, however pious he may have been, lacked the...

  • US Congress called to task

    US Congress called to task

    Pope Francis is a Pope who has made many ‘firsts’. The first Jesuit to become a Pope, the first successor of Peter to choose the name Francis, the first Pope to make the widest possible consultation for the synod of bishops through a questionnaire...

  • Quotes and news

    The 14th ordinary general assembly of the synod of bishops dedicated to ‘The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world’ has started at the Vatican. These quotes are from some of the Pope’s interventions so...

  • Soul of marriage

    Today’s readings: Genesis 2, 18-24; Hebrews 2, 9-11; Mark 10, 2-16. There is a picture of marriage that is familiar to most of us and that in our culture has become a question of perception. The stability that was part and parcel of the...

  • Christianity’s fiercest enemies

    Christianity’s fiercest enemies

    A few weeks ago The Malta Independent reported that the Islamic Call Society approached the Prime Minister, asking him to help them find land for a mosque and a school. Of the 156 online comments to this news item, all were opposed to the idea,...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis’s visit to the US, particularly his addresses to Congress, to the UN General Assembly and to victims of sex abuse, were very well covered by the media. But he also gave other speeches that were also very important pastorally. Extracts...

  • Dublin to host the ninth World Meeting of Families

    Dublin to host the ninth World Meeting of Families

    The next World Meeting of Families will be held in Dublin in 2018, Church officials have announced – placing the event in an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic country that has been ground zero for the Church’s clergy sex abuse crisis outside the...

  • Let people grow

    Today’s readings: Numbers 11, 25-29; James 5, 1-6; Mark 9, 38-43.45.47-48. For far too long we’ve been thinking and acting in religion in manners that exclude, discriminate and fear diversity. So with time, religions developed more as identifiable...

  • Citizens of the world

    Citizens of the world

    World Tourism Day, which is celebrated today, coincides with a moment of truth for European solidarity values, which are struggling due to the current migration phenomenon besieging Europe’s gates, mainly generated by the persistent civil war in...

  • Quotes and news

    In a homily in Plaza de la Revolucion, Havana, Pope Francis said: “Serving others chiefly means caring for their vulnerability. Serving means caring for the vulnerable of our families, our society, our people. Theirs are the suffering, fragile and...

  • Responding to real needs

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 2, 12.17-20; James 3, 16 - 4,3; Mark 9, 30-37. One of the most intriguing debates in the second century of Christianity was between Celsus, a Greek philosopher and opponent of Christianity, and Origen, a scholar and early...

  • I want to know who he is

    I want to know who he is

    The local press reported that our Prime Minister is “resolute to introduce embryo freezing” and liberalise procedures regulating fertilisation, making anyone and everyone eligible to have the baby of his or her dreams. We keep hearing so many...

  • Quotes and news

    “I do not want to scare you or scare myself. You are still on honeymoon! I am anxious to consign you, once again, to the joy of the Gospel. “You must also rejoice while consuming yourselves for your particular Churches. Do not let yourselves be...

  • Contemporary Church

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 50, 5-9; James 2, 14-18; Mark 8, 27-35. The three Scripture readings today have one underlying theme that is basic to our understanding not only of the implications of Christian living, but also of the impact it can have...

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