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  • Feast of St Paul’s shipwreck: The true storm

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 14, 3-7; Acts 27, 16 - 28, 10; Mark 16, 15-20. There are important and significant things in life which, repeated ad nauseam, risk becoming clichés and void of meaning. It is annually repeated over and over again on this...

  • A message out of the waters

    A message out of the waters

    Today’s solemn remembrance of the mighty storm which brought St Paul to our shores, narrated with so much attention to detail in Acts 27 and 28, comes in the wake of the discussion of the census re­sults on Church attendances in Malta, and the...

  • Quotes and news - February 10, 2019

    Addressing the board of directors of Italy’s Pro-Life  Movement last Saturday week ahead of the 41st National Day for Life, Pope Francis said: “I appeal to all politicians, regardless of their faith convictions, to treat the defence of the lives...

  • Fourth Sunday in ordinary time: Braced for action

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 1, 4-5.17-19; 1 Corinthians 12, 31 - 13, 13; Luke 4, 21-30. On January 25, some of Europe’s most prominent intellectuals signed and published a manifesto that warns that Europe is in peril from populist forces – false...

  • Lessons from Jaguar/Land Rover

    Lessons from Jaguar/Land Rover

    Jaguar/Land Rover is struggling from a 30 per cent slump due to UK government’s crackdown on diesel engines. As 90 per cent of Jaguar/Land Rover cars sold last year in the UK were diesels, it is very exposed to this crackdown. To this huge...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily at Campo San Juan Pablo II, Metro Park, Panama, last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “The enrichment of intergenerational dialogue, the enrichment of exchange and the value of realising that we need one another, that we have to work to...

  • Third Sunday in ordinary time: Being proactive

    Today’s readings: Nehemiah 8,2-6.8-10; 1 Corinthians 12,12-30; Luke 1, 1-4; 4, 14-21. The results of the 2017 census on church attendance on Sundays in Malta was recently published, giving a snapshot of the situation in our parishes. It transpires...

  • ‘Where are you in your world?’

    ‘Where are you in your world?’

    Rabbi Shneur Zalman was in prison falsely accused by a Russian prosecutor and awaiting trial. One of the prison guards who secretly revered the rabbi for his human qualities, approached him with a tedious question: why would a supposedly...

  • Quotes and news - January 27, 2019

    In comments to Catholic News Service, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth said: “It’s an amazing political mess after last night’s vote (against Theresa May’s Brexit agreement) in the House of Commons. “This is a time of uncertainty, and I do think...

  • Second Sunday in ordinary time: God’s gratuitousness

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 62, 1-5; 1 Corinthians 12, 4-11; John 2, 1-11. Changing water into wine may not be very credible for our scientific mind today. Many a time, failing to grasp the real meaning underlying these gospel episodes, we take the...

  • Fake news, juicy gossip and other cocktails

    Fake news, juicy gossip and other cocktails

    The celebrities’ arena thrives on gossip. But gossip is so spicy it creeps in even in our daily conversations. No wonder Herb Shriner, an American humourist and television host, said that “conversation is three persons standing on the corner talking.

  • Quotes and news - January 20, 2019

    Speaking to the parents of the 27 babies whom he baptised on the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord, Pope Francis said that faith is always transmitted in the home and that parents must transmit the faith to their children through their example...

  • The Baptism of the Lord: Passion for justice

    Isaiah 42, 1-4.6-7; Acts 10, 34-38; Luke 3, 15-16.21-22. Scripture throughout inspires a capacity to transform the world which seems never to transpire in the way we project and live our religion. Today’s celebration of the baptism of the Lord is...

  • Robotics and all that

    Robotics and all that

    The debate is on about robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). A number of conferences around the world are addressing issues related to the ethical questions being posed by the advent of the fourth industrial revolution. The impact on society...

  • Quotes and news - January 13, 2019

    During Mass in St Peter’s Basilica on the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, Pope Francis said: “We might think that it would have been better had the star of Jesus appeared in Rome, on the Palatine Hill, where Augustus ruled over the world;...

  • The Epiphany of the Lord: Inner guidance

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 60, 1-6; Ephesians 3, 2-3.5-6; Matthew 2, 1-12. There is a common ground between believers, agnostics, atheists and those who consider themselves devotees of one specific religious tradition. In some way or other, they all...

  • New Year resolutions

    Some people still make New Year resolutions, although most, knowing that chances are that they would not keep them, have stopped doing so. It could be useful to find out why people do not keep resolutions that are usually made with the conviction...

  • Quotes and news - January 6, 2019

    During his visit to Iraq for the Christmas celebrations, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said: “After its time of trial, the Holy Family returned to Nazareth. The return from exile is also beginning for you. Happily, in your...

  • The Holy Family: Bedrock of ordinary virtues

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 3, 2-6.12-14; Colossians 3, 12-21; Luke 2, 41-52. The feast of the Holy Family was instituted by Pope Leo XIII at a point in time when the old model of the rural family was being substituted by a different model in...

  • Science and faith

    Science and faith

    One of the myths peddled around ad nauseam is that the advances in science are slowly but surely discrediting religious belief, and above all, Catholicism. It, therefore, comes as a relief that a book on the subject, entitled Il-Ħolqien u...