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  • Quotes and news

    In an interview with ETWN, Cardinal Walter Kasper said Pope Francis did not approve his proposal to enable divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion in certain circumstances. At the Pope’s invitation, Kasper had explained his proposal...

  • Nourishing the social body

    Today’s readings: Exodus 24, 3-8; Hebrews 9, 11-15; Mark 14, 12-16.22-26. The eucharist offers an alternative vision of what constitutes a peaceful social body. The feast of Corpus Christi we celebrate today is meant to provoke in us a deep...

  • Meddling in politics?

    Meddling in politics?

    The Church voiced its opinion about the government’s proposed intention to build a university at Żonqor Point because of the impact on the environment this would create. Immediately, voices were heard – albeit not official voices – protesting that...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop laments Russian intervention Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, told Vatican Radio that Russian tanks and other heavy armaments are arriving in eastern Ukraine every day. “In last few...

  • God in becoming

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 4,32-34.39-40; Romans 8,14-17; Matthew 28,16-20. The mystery of the Trinity we celebrate today is central both to biblical revelation and to our personal spiritual journeys, which themselves unfold in time and in...

  • Vox populi/Dei?

    Vox populi/Dei?

    In a hard-hitting article printed in the issue of Leħen is-Sewwa of June 25, 2011, lawyer Albert Camilleri questions the risky precedent that has been established where values, especially values that underpin the family and the common good, are...

  • Quotes and news

    “It is very clear that this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people,” said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin in reaction to the massive popular vote in Ireland in favour of gay marriages. Martin, who during the referendum...

  • Blessed by his Spirit

    Today’s readings: Acts 2,1-11; 1Corinthians 12,3-7.12-13; John 20,19-23. We are living a very particular moment in history when we badly need to share a common outlook and perspective at least on a set of issues that are vital for to safeguard our...

  • A letter from John Paul II

    A letter from John Paul II

    Dear brothers and sisters in Christ in Malta, It is now 25 years since I had the spiritual joy of being the first Pope to visit your beloved islands from May 25-27, 1990. My gratitude to all who had helped to make that historic pastoral visit...

  • Quotes and news

    Bishop Guy Harpigny of Tournai in Belgium told a delegation from the German bishops’ conference that even a small change in German legislation against euthanasia will eventually lead to further widening of the law. He said that when euthanasia was...

  • Signs speak louder

    Today’s readings: Acts 1, 1-11; Ephesians 1, 17-23; Mark 16, 15-20. It must have been rather frustrating for the Apostles and early Christians to believe in Jesus all the way through, expecting at last to see their dream come true, and then all of...

  • Spiritual retreat centres – transformative gems

    Spiritual retreat centres – transformative gems

    A kind of restlessness seems to be permeating our social fabric. A frenetic urge to do more in less time. Stillness has become so rare. Yet in all this ‘doing’ we tend to be losing our sense of ‘being’, the very goal our ‘doing’ is all about. Our...

  • Quotes and news

    Ali Khidri, executive secretary of the Bible Society in Algeria, told the Catholic weekly The Tablet that “hundreds” of people every month were turning up at his office requesting a Bible, and that “thousands” were going to churches to enquire...

  • Venturing to high places

    Today’s readings: Acts 10, 25-26.34-35.44-48; 1 John 4, 7-10; John 15, 9-17. We’ve come quite a long way since Easter Sunday, deepening the mean­ing for us of that event. The gospel today sets higher standards for Christian living, calling for...

  • Talking rather than walking?

    Talking rather than walking?

    In discussing the plight of undocumented migrants, there is a clear and present danger that we may miss the wood for the trees. We are still shocked by the video clips and photographs we have seen in recent weeks, and, unfortunately, we will see...

  • Quotes and news

    In an interview in the German daily Die Welt on April 24, Cardinal Raymond Burke renewed his attack on Cardinal Walter Kasper, whose ‘merciful’ solution for remarried divorcees who wish to receive Communion was discussed at last October’s...

  • The truth within us

    Today’s readings: Acts 9,26-31; 1 John 3,18-24; John 15,1-8 The imagery of the vine and the branches used in today’s gospel illustrates our being connected with the Lord as the source of true life, and emphasises the organic nature of the...

  • Young people don’t go to church anymore…

    Young people don’t go to church anymore…

    The facts speak loud and clear. Ten years ago Mass attendance stood at 52.6 per cent of the population. Of these, only about 35 per cent were young people aged 15 to 25, according to the 2005 Mass attendance census. What would the situation be...

  • Quotes and news

    In a report, the German bishops sum­marised the answers they re­ceiv­ed as part of a consultation on the Vatican’s questionnaire in pre­paration for the second part of the family synod to be held in October. German respondents criticised the...

  • Shattered conscience

    Today’s readings: Acts 4,8-12; 1 John 3,1-2; John 10,11-18. The tragic events of these past few days, with hundreds, thousands of people, dead and alive, knocking at the doors of Europe and the west for refuge, touch deeply our sense of humanity...

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