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Religion

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis recently published Lumen Fidei (The Light of Faith), his first encyclical letter dedicated to faith. Pope Benedict had already done a lot of work on it and Pope Francis just added the finishing touches. These are some extracts: Faith...

  • Social and contemplative

    Today’s readings: Genesis 18,1-10; Colossians 1,24-28; Luke 10,38-42. If we were to take seriously the truths about our humanity, we would make it a point to constantly remind the world we live in that the way things are is not the way they have...

  • Spiritual consolation and desolation

    Christian spirituality is a way of being, of relating, of living with a determined interior sense. It is more than just a list of programmed things to achieve, or a correct way to deal with others. It has to do with your deep spiritual senses...

  • Quotes and news

    The Migrant’s Way of the Cross is a book just published outlining the perils and difficulties migrants from Central America and Mexico face in their journey to the US. In the book, Fr Simon Kim tells the stories of these immigrants while adding...

  • In the public square

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 30, 10-14; Colossians 1, 15-20; Luke 10, 25-37. Faith is authentic when it is humanised. The profession of faith in God by itself is not the guarantee of a good life, even if we as believers often repeat the slogan...

  • Science and faith

    October 11, 2012, marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and heralded the Year of Faith declared by Pope Benedict XVI. It was an invitation for Catholics to renew their relationship with Christ and the...

  • Quotes and news

    These are extracts from a statement by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference on the upcoming federal election in Australia: “The principles of social teaching cross party political boundaries and Catholics may, in good conscience, form...

  • The making of a mission

    Isaiah 66, 10-14; Galatians 6, 14-18; Luke 10, 1-12.17-20. There is an extremely rich biblical imagery in today’s readings that should help us broaden our understanding of mission and Church in the face of a very significant adaptive challenge.

  • Preparing for marriage

    As the fragility of marriages increases, so does the lavishness of weddings. Are we investing in form at the expense of substance? People may disagree about what marriage is. But all newly-weds agree that weddings are becoming a costly nightmare.

  • Quotes and news

    Following the decision of the Government of Nigeria to re-introduce capital punishment after a seven-year moratorium, the Catholic bishops denounced it as “a clear departure from modernity to savagery”. “Just when we believe that Nigeria was on...

  • Exit from religion

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19,16.19-21; Galatians 5,1.13-18; Lk 9,51-62. The backdrop of Luke’s gospel is Jesus’ journey towards Jerusalem, which was where his words were to come true, particularly his an­nounced death. The disciples could never...

  • Atheists, too, can be saved

    In a recent homily, Pope Francis insisted that Christ redeemed the whole of humankind, including atheists. This attracted the attention of many, and was given prominence by the media. According to an ancient doctrine, “there is no salvation...

  • Quotes and news

    Commenting on last Monday’s talks between Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Pope Francis, the Vatican’s press office said: “During the cordial talks, the need of maintaining Christian values steadfast was reaffirmed and the important role –...

  • What life is worth

    Today’s readings: Zechariah 12,10-11 - 13,1; Gal. 3, 26-29; Luke 9, 18-24. The true identity of Jesus Christ is confusing. There is nothing humanly logical in it, and following Jesus demands full trust. The prophecy we read from Zechariah today is...

  • Human values inherent in justice system reform

    The Commission for the Holistic Reform of the Justice System in Malta, headed by Judge Giovanni Bonello, published its detailed initial report earlier this month. It dealt with the judiciary, delays in concluding court cases and the place of...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis told the editors of the Jesuit journal Civiltà Cattolica that “your main task isn’t to build walls but bridges”. The Pope encouraged the journalists to influence culture by fostering conversations with those who do not share the...

  • Love sets us free

    Today’s readings: 2 Sam. 12,7-10.13; Galatians 2,16.19-21; Luke 7,36-8,3. Today we live in what is commonly defined a secular age. Charles Taylor, a Canadian and Catholic philosopher, has written extensively about this in his renowned classic. For...

  • Finding your place

    Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote that for him, there is only one worthwhile joy: the feeling you get from cooperating rightfully within the big picture of things, from taking our place within the great jigsaw puzzle of life. Joy and meaning come...

  • Quotes and news

    While conceding that “the word ‘commandment’ isn’t fashionable”, Pope Francis said the Ten Commandments expand, rather than limit, human freedom. He was speaking by video link during an activity in Milan’s Cathedral Square organised by the...

  • Pope laments gay lobby and corruption in Vatican

    Pope Francis has acknowledged the existence of a gay lobby and a stream of corruption in the Vatican, according to reports in Catholic media not denied by the Vatican. The Pope made the remarks last week in Spanish during a private meeting with...

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