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Religion

  • Quotes and news

    During the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass in the cathedral of the capital of Venezuela, Archbishop of Caracas Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino said: “We must defend our rights and the rights of others, without resorting to violence, instead following...

  • Faith, no easy ride

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 50, 4-7; Philippians 2, 6-11; Matthew 26, 14 - 27, 66. One major blockage in life that, across the board, marks us all, is how to cope with suffering. The text of Isaiah serving as premise today to the passion narrative...

  • Digital economy for Common Good

    Digital economy for Common Good

    The challenge of a fast-changing economy in the social and political sphere only adds to the tremors created by the fast digitisation of the economy. The connectivity of electronic devices, the Industrial Internet of Things, robotics and...

  • Quotes and news

    Addressing seminarians and teachers from the Pontifical Spanish College of St Joseph in an audience at the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis called on seminarians to overcome individualism by their spirituality, to offer their lives rather than...

  • Making life liveable

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 37, 12-14; Romans 8, 8-11; John 11, 1-45. We all have problems of imagination when we struggle to come to terms with our faith affirmations on hope that stretches beyond death. Beyond the mystery of death, there is a much...

  • Persecution in the Christian’s life

    Persecution in the Christian’s life

    The ageing Simeon had told Our Lady propheti­cally that her child Jesus was “destined to be a sign that is opposed… so that the secret thoughts of many may be laid bare” (Lk 2:35). Jesus was, in fact, misunderstood. His person and teaching were...

  • Quotes and news

    During his general audience on March 29 Pope Francis said: “The God who reveals Himself to Abraham is the God who saves, the God who brings us out from desperation and from death, the God who calls to life. “Are we convinced that God wishes us...

  • Seeing is understanding

    Today’s readings: 1 Samuel 16, 1.6-7.10-13; Ephesians 5, 8-14; John 9, 1-41. Today’s gospel narrative of the healing of the man born blind is an animated catechesis of the way the primitive Church proclaimed Christ as light of the world. This man...

  • Thank God for Franceso!

    Thank God for Franceso!

    Monday, March 13, 2013, was a historic date for the Catholic Church, for Christianity and for the world. On that day, only few knew Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s mettle. There were those who saw in him a Pope who would move the Church into a...

  • Quotes and news

    Josef Mayr-Nusser (1910-45), an Italian who had refused to take the oath of loyalty to Hitler was beatified as a martyr at the cathedral in Bolzano. The celebration was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the...

  • Effective ministry

    Today’s readings: Exodus 17, 3-7; Romans 5, 1-2.5-8; John 4, 5-42. “How am I to deal with this people?”, Moses asked the Lord when faced with the complaints of his people annoyed and frustrated by all that the desert offered them after their...

  • A pastor’s concerns

    A pastor’s concerns

    Next Tuesday marks the first anniversary of the demise of Archbishop Emeritus Mgr Joseph Mercieca, who led the Archdiocese of Malta for 30 years from 1976 to 2006. Remembrance of Mgr Mercieca automatically calls to mind his profound pastoral...

  • Quotes and news

    Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal, superior general of the Society of Jesus, said that “the fullness of women’s participation in the Church has not yet arrived”. According to the National Catholic Reporter, Fr Sosa was speaking at the annual Voices of Faith...

  • The beauty within

    Today’s readings: Genesis 12, 1-4; 2 Timothy 1, 8-10; Matthew 17, 1-9. The word of God to Abraham to “leave your country, your family and your father’s house for the land I will show you” is also today being addressed to us all to dream of a...

  • Marriage undermined

    Marriage undermined

    As was to be expected, Malta is about to legalise same-sex marriage. Within only a few years, tra­di­tional marriage has been hollowed out of any meaning wha­t­soever. It all started with divorce legislation, which the LGBT lobby canvassed for so...

  • Quotes and news

    In a pastoral letter, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster wrote: “For the next six months, I ask you all to focus on one particular corporal work of mercy: caring for the sick. Caring for the sick is a daily, practical expression of the mercy...

  • Braving danger

    Today’s readings: Genesis 2, 7-9; 3, 1-7; Romans 5, 12-19; Matthew 4, 1-11. Post-modernity has seriously questioned the validity of grand narratives, such as the one of the Garden of Eden in today’s first reading, as narratives are still able to...

  • Is reality made to measure?

    Is reality made to measure?

    Even if I am no scientist, I must confess a hidden love affair with science. It fascinates me. Lately I’ve come across the following statement: in the area of Quantum Physics “reality doesn’t exist until we measure it” (Science Daily, May 2015). I...

  • Quotes and news

    Pope Francis, addressing the 29 members of the French bishops’ Catholic Delegation for Cooperation, said: “Do not be afraid to walk the paths of fraternity and to build bridges between people and between peoples, in a world where so many walls are...

  • Soul-full life

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 49, 14-15; 1 Corinthians 4, 1-5; Matthew 6, 24-34. Very often we cherish nostalgic feelings about times past when life was more serene, less hectic, and perhaps more rewarding. Let us leave aside whether life was actually...

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