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  • Quotes and news - March 10, 2019

    Last Wednesday the Catholic Church started celebrating the season of Lent. The following are excerpts from Pope Francis’s message for the occasion. Sin: the root of all evil “The root of all evil, as we know, is sin, which from its first...

  • Eighth Sunday in ordinary time: Language of the heart

    Today’s readings: Ecclesiasticus 27, 5-8; 1 Corinthians 15, 54-58; Luke 6, 39-45. It can take a very long time to become the persons we are. Very often in the process we mask ourselves in faces that are not our own. We must endure so much...

  • Free from fear

    Free from fear

    When faced with the challenges of our time, we are often tempted to abandon our dream of freedom, shut ourselves off and seek human security and reassuring routine. Yet this withdrawnness is “a sign of defeat”. It increases our fear of those...

  • Quotes and news - March 3, 2019

    The bishops of Venezuela said that “the regime has the obligation to attend to the needs of the population, and therefore to facilitate the entrance and distribution of humanitarian aid, avoiding any type of repressive violence”. They appealed to...

  • Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Against minimalism

    Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 26, 2.7-9.11-13.22-23; 1 Corinthians 15,45-49; Luke 6, 27-38. Today’s text from Luke’s gospel can put us off and create reactions of resistance in us. Jesus is setting high standards in community relationships that go...

  • Crooks or gods

    Crooks or gods

    Amazing how judging someone can be such a tricky thing both for the judge and the judged. Let’s take just one example – we Maltese and Paul of Tarsus. The judges were the natives of our tiny island. The judged was a shipwrecked prisoner seeking...

  • Quotes and news - February 24, 2019

    The Chaldean patriarch, Cardinal Louis Raphael Sako, said that the jihadist ideology and the concept of ‘holy war’ should be eliminated from Islam. The cardinal was addressing the recently held 55th edition of the Munich Security Conference in...

  • Sixth Sunday in ordinary time: Trust we build on

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 17, 5-8; 1 Corinthians 15, 12.16-20; Luke 6, 17.20-26. How can people be happy when they are hated, abused or when they are weeping, poor or hungry? This is a very punching provocation from today’s gospel text that calls...

  • The wounded Church

    The wounded Church

    This Thursday, the high-level four-day summit on clerical sexual abuse summoned by Pope Francis last September, will gather the presidents of all bishops’ conferences, the heads of Eastern Catholic Churches and representatives of religious...

  • Quotes and news - February 17, 2019

    During a recent audience with the National Association of Magistrates, Pope Francis said: “It is precisely the timing and ways in which justice is administered that touch the living flesh of people, especially those most in difficulty, and leave...

  • 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...