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  • 33rd Sunday in ordinary time: The true apocalypse

    Today’s readings: Daniel 12, 1-3; Hebrews 10, 11-14.18; Mark 13, 24-32. The coming of God’s kingdom, being so radically different from whatever we can imagine, has always been made to coincide in the Scriptures with cosmic upheaval and expressed...

  • Our youth, our future, our hope

    Our youth, our future, our hope

    Our younger generation will, at some distant point in the future, take over the reigns of society in all its diverse spheres. We often underestimate their energy, brains, imagination and talent, which can significantly fuel much-needed change in...

  • Quotes and news - November 18, 2018

    At a recent audience with participants in the plenary of the Pontifical Committee for the International Eucharistic Congresses, Pope Francis said: “In a Europe afflicted by indifference and swept by divisions and forms of rejection, Christians...

  • 32nd Sunday in ordinary time: The novelty of Jesus

    1 Kings 17, 10-16; Heb 9, 24-28; Mark 12, 38-44. Today’s gospel is the climax of St Mark’s delegitimisation of Judaism’s dominant religious class. Jesus shows how in God’s true sanctuary, everything is relative, even the authority of those who...

  • A new world economic order

    Pope Francis was clearly justified to make the economy one of his first priorities in 2013. We were experiencing the failures of the market economy and its impact on society due to the financial and debt crises, with subsequent social inequality...

  • Quotes and news - November 11, 2018

    In his Angelus last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “Jesus taught once and for all that love of God and love of neighbour are inseparable; more than that, they sustain one another. Although put in sequence, they are the two faces of a single medal:...

  • 31st Sunday in ordinary time: The essence of religion

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 6, 2-6; Hebrews 7, 23-28; Mark 12, 28-34. The profession of faith in God unaccompanied by its historical and horizontal dimension of love for the other renders belief alienating from real life issues. All this is at...

  • Towards a more inclusive Church

    Towards a more inclusive Church

    Practically every time I am invited to lunch by a family I am asked to say grace. Each time I decline. In the first place I feel that the inviting family is more important than myself; secondly, I believe very strongly in the principle of...

  • Quotes and news - November 4, 2018

    In their open letter to young people, the Synod Fathers wrote: “We are familiar with your inner searching, the joys and hopes, the pain and anguish that make up your longings. Now we want you to hear a word from us: we wish to be sharers in your...

  • 30th Sunday in ordinary time: Re-visioning our ministry

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 31, 7-9; Hebrews 5, 1-6; Mark 10, 46-52. Jericho was the last stop en route to the city of David, and St Mark, not accidentally, here sets the scene of Bartimaeus, the blind man, as Jesus was leaving Jericho. Strictly...

  • A Church for the future

    A Church for the future

    The writing is on the wall. Churches, seminaries and convents are becoming emptier. Respect for the Church in post-Catholic Malta is being replaced by something worse than rejection – indifference and irrelevance, even if the external trappings of...

  • Quotes and news - October 28, 2018

    During a recent audience with participants in the General Chapter of the Congregation of the Passion of Jesus Christ (Passionists), Pope Francis said: “The Church needs ministers who speak with tenderness, who listen without condemning and who...

  • 29th Sunday in ordinary time: Saving the world

    Isaiah 53, 10-11; Hebrews 4, 14-16; Mark 10, 35-45. The gospel today tells me black on white that the Church I belong to badly needs to be re-invented. Since Emperor Constantine ended the persecutions in the 4th century and the Church enjoyed the...

  • In constant need of conversion

    In constant need of conversion

    In the wash of the seemingly endless reports of sexual abuse by members of the clergy in the Catholic Church, many of us feel shocked, betrayed, confused, dispirited and deeply saddened. Hopefully, this humiliating and humbling reality will make...

  • Quotes and news - October 21, 2018

    Silvia Teresa Retamales Morales, an auditor at the Synod, said that  when young people heard she was coming to the Synod they told her that they wanted her to bring this message: they want a multi-cultural Church that is open to all, not a Church...

  • Celebrating St Aloysius’ College Foundation Day

    Celebrating St Aloysius’ College Foundation Day

    About 1,500 students and staff at St Aloysius’ College’s primary, secondary and sixth form last Tuesday attended a Mass at St Theresa Sanctuary, Birkirkara, celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi and members of the Jesuit community in...

  • 28th Sunday in ordinary time: The grace of detachment

    Today’s readings: Wisdom 7, 7-11; Hebrews 4, 12-13; Mark 10, 17-30. The expression that stands out loudly from today’s Scripture readings is from the letter to Hebrews, which says that “the word of God can judge the secret emotions and thoughts”.

  • Vatican II is the real target

    Vatican II is the real target

    The attacks on Pope Francis have recently increased in number and callousness. Right-wing Cardinal Raymond Burke said: “It is not only possible but necessary to criticise the Pope”. We all knew that! It is a pity Burke did not have the courage to...

  • Quotes and news - October 14, 2018

    During a press briefing as part of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said: “We need to put on the agenda not only the question of prevention, but also accountability. This should be on the agenda [of the Pope’s meeting with heads...

  • Archbishop Emeritus leads annual pilgrimage to Lourdes

    Archbishop Emeritus leads annual pilgrimage to Lourdes

    Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona led the annual pilgrimage in Lourdes, organised by the Lourdes Voluntary Assocation. A group of 192 Maltese pilgrims attended, including patients, volunteers, youths, doctors, nurses, carers and priests. Among the...