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  • 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...

  • God’s hidden Church

    God’s hidden Church

    On March 14, 2013, both China and the Catholic Church announced their new leaders to the world – Xi Jinping in Beijing and Francis in the Vatican. This might have been a sheer coincidence but it definitely is a good starting point for the two...

  • Quotes and news

    At the ordination of Bishop Angelo De Donatis, Pope Francis said: “Let your words be simple so that everyone can understand. Don’t give long homilies. Allow me to ask you to remember your dad and how very happy he was to have found another parish...

  • Rooted in people’s lives

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 17, 10-16; Hebrews 9, 24-28; Mark 12, 38-44. There are many people who have no status in Church or society and yet count a lot in God’s eyes. Throughout the gospels, Jesus up­holds the genuine piety and faith of...

  • A Church in transition

    A Church in transition

    The biggest obstacles for the universal Church to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit are a closed heart and a chained mindset. The Church is in transition, albeit a painful one for many who cannot tolerate its transformational process.

  • Quotes and news

    In a speech to pilgrims from El Salvador, Pope Francis defended the memory of Archbishop Oscar Ro­me­ro, who was assassinated in 1980 while celebrating Mass. Romero used to strongly criticise abuses against human rights committed by the government...

  • Secularised holiness

    Today’s readings: Apocalypse 7, 2-4. 9-14; 1 John 3,1-3; Matthew 5, 1-12. In our common imagination, we have always been brought up to think of saints as heroes, people of heroic faith who have lived out fully and impeccably their commitment to...

  • Called to be holy?

    Called to be holy?

    Today the Church celebrates All Saints’ Day. Our mind immediately goes to outstanding Church figures over the centuries such as St Peter and St Paul, St Augustine, St Dominic, St Francis of Assisi, St Ignatius Loyola, St John Bosco, Maximilian...

  • Quotes and news

    Paragraph 84 of the final message of the Synod of Bishops states: “The baptised that are divorced and remarried civilly must be integrated into Christian communities in the various possible ways. The logic of integration is the key of their...

  • 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...

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