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  • Archbishop with the elderly

    Archbishop with the elderly

    Archbishop Charles Scicluna celebrated Mass during the feast of St Vincent de Paul in the main square of St Vincent de Paul Residence, the home for the elderly, in Luqa. The feast was organised by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Active Aging.

  • 27th Sunday in ordinary time: Wholeness of being

    Today’s readings: Genesis 2, 18-24; Hebrews 2, 9-11; Mark 10, 2-16. In the long historical process of the formation of the Bible, the book of Genesis stands out as a strong statement of faith in a personal God as creator. It speaks about how the...

  • Called to be a missionary Church

    Called to be a missionary Church

    During October there is particular focus on the missionary activity of the Church. The month is marked by the feasts of great saints, from the ‘Little Flower’ of Lisieux, the cloistered young Therese, who is patron of missions despite having never...

  • Quotes and news - October 7, 2018

    The Pope has decided to invite all the faithful to pray the Rosary every day, during the entire month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and St Michael Archangel to...

  • 26th Sunday in ordinary time: Spiritual resistance

    Today’s readings: Numbers 11, 25-29; James 5, 1-6; Mark 9, 38-43.45.47-48. Henri de Lubac was one of the preeminent Catholic theologians of the 20th century. Spiritual discernment and spiritual resistance were outstanding characteristics of his...

  • A Church purified of its sin

    A Church purified of its sin

    For months I have followed the never-ending drama of child sex abuse by members of the clergy in the Catholic Church. I have read formal reports, divergent opinions, awkward apologies, exasperated calls for justice, and poignant stories of...

  • Quotes and news - September 30, 2018

    During Mass at the Mother of God shrine in Aglona, Latvia, last Monday, Pope Francis said: “Mary ‘stands near the cross of Jesus,’ close to her son. She stood there, at the foot of the cross, with unwavering conviction, fearless and...

  • 25th Sunday in ordinary time: Counterculture

    Wisdom 2, 12.17-20; James 3, 16 - 4,3; Mk 9, 30-37 Patriotism and national security have often been linked with religion. Nowadays they are being flagged again in the face of the ‘threat’ of the outsider, irrespective of the fact that they are in...

  • The great and ultimate criterion

    “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” In his recent document on the...

  • Quotes and news - September 23, 2018

    During a recent meeting with Jesuits in Ireland, Pope Francis said: “There is something I have understood with great clarity: this drama of abuse, especially when it is widespread and gives great scandal – think of Chile, here in Ireland or in the...

  • 24th Sunday in ordinary time: Quantum leap needed

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 5, 5-9; James 2, 14-18; Mark 8, 27-35. In any evolutionary process, whether it concerns religion, matter or consciousness, there are important thresholds that mark qualitative leaps forward. Life never settles down for a...

  • A thirst for spiritual conversation

    A thirst for spiritual conversation

    A life without God is empty, and the more we experience the emptiness within the more we struggle to give meaning to our existence. In search for meaning we often engage in all sorts of unecessary activities that may not contribute towards our...

  • Quotes and news - September 16, 2018

    Pope Francis addressed a number of different topics in an exclusive interview with the Italian national business newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. He said real growth can occur in a community when we “make room to welcome everyone’s collaboration”. He...

  • 23rd Sunday in ordinary time: Listening to the world’s pain

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 35, 4-7; James 2, 1-5; Mark 7, 31-37. If there is one characteristic that should distinguish those who claim to believe in God, it should be the ability to listen to the world’s pain without remaining untouched. Our call...

  • Servant leadership

    Servant leadership

    These are not easy times to give examples of moral leaders in today’s political and business world. It is even more difficult to give examples of servant leaders. The thirst for power, prestige and wealth have been an obstacle to many in their...

  • Quotes and news - September 9, 2018

    Almost all recommendations by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia were accepted by the Catholic bishops and religious orders. The exception was their refusal to accept recommendations that would...

  • 22nd Sunday in ordinary time: Irreligious 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. A common issue in religion is the relationship between the law and individual conscience. To what extent is the law binding on one’s conscience, and to...

  • A community of sinful saints

    A community of sinful saints

    A few weeks ago, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the former Archbishop of Washington, DC, Theodore McCarrick, because of allegations of sexual misconduct. Pope Benedict had disciplined the late Cardinal Keith O’Brien, leader of the Church...

  • Quotes and news

    At Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “But let us also humbly acknowledge that, if we are honest with ourselves, we too can find the teachings of Jesus hard. How difficult it is always to forgive those who hurt us; how...

  • 21st Sunday in ordinary time: Shechem today

    Today’s readings: Joshua 24, 1-2.15-18; Ephesians 5, 21-32; John 6, 60-69. There is very little doubt that the Church is now at a make or break situation. There seems to be no end to the tsunami of the sex abuse crimes on the part of the clergy,...