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Religion

  • 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...

  • We are facing a travesty of representative government

    We are facing a travesty of representative government

    Among his numerous interventions, Pope Francis seems to like to reflect and comment on the role of politicians, and with good reason. Politicians have a most powerful impact on the common good and the long-term consequences for the welfare of the...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, warned that the current controversies about marriage and sexuality can split the Church in two. Müller, as always critical of German bishops, said their attempt to...

  • Losing our human face

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 35, 4-7; James 2, 1-5; Mark 7, 31-37. The history of humanity has known very rough times and has memories of dull moments when human dignity was put to question in the name of shallow interests. But at every such juncture...

  • Quest for identity

    Quest for identity

    We may think that the quest for personal identity is confined to the delicate period of adolescence. But identity is something that shifts and grows throughout life as we confront new challenges and tackle different experiences. During our journey...

  • Quotes and news

    A new index tied to Catholic values as expressed in the US bishops’ 2003 document ‘Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines’ has been adopted by S&P Dow Jones indices. The index will help Catholic in­ves­tors avoid investing in firms such as...

  • Uncontaminated religion

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 4, 1-2.6-8; James 1, 17-18.21-22.27; Mark 7, 1-8.14-15.21-23. One of the best books I’ve read these past years remains the one by philosopher John Caputo, What Would Jesus Deconstruct? Caputo provides a glimpse of...

  • Embryo freezing and surrogacy

    Embryo freezing and surrogacy

    In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) legislation is being reviewed at inter-ministerial level in the light of EU law and some recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. Proposals made include introducing the freezing of embryos and permitting...

  • Quotes and news

    In a homily in Singapore, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said: “Today’s Gospel invites the Christian community to look with some urgency at new and creative ways of carrying forward the proclamation of the Gospel of salvation in a changing society. This...

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