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  • Beyond the survey

    A few weeks ago, a survey about Sunday Mass attendance was carried out.  The results are not published yet but reflection on the issue needs to go beyond them. The survey tells us where we are and this is extremely important because that is from...

  • Quotes and news

    Academics, lawyers and human rights activists from Hong Kong have described the possible agreement between the Vatican and the Chinese government as “an irreversible and regrettable mistake”. These Catholic personalities asked the Vatican to...

  • Sixth Sunday in ordinary time: The touch of empathy

    Today’s readings: Leviticus 13, 1-2.44-46; 1 Corinthians 10, 31 – 11, 1; Mark 1, 40-45. There is a stark contrast in today’s readings between the cold and detached approach of the law towards the marginalised in Leviticus, and the empathic touch...

  • Resilience in the spiritual journey

    Resilience in the spiritual journey

    Resilience is normally defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties and unexpected challenges we come across in our daily paths. Life is tough, irrespective of one’s beliefs. Jesus Christ never promised us a bed of roses. He told...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Reinhard Marx, president of the German Bishops’ Conference, said that Catholic priests should on an individual basis decide whether or not to preside over blessing ceremonies for homosexual couples. During an interview broadcast on the...

  • Fifth Sunday in ordinary time: The cry from the abyss

    Today’s readings: Job 7, 1-4.6-7; 1 Corinthians 9, 16-19.22-23; Mark 1, 29-39. There are many today who can very easily identify themselves with Job’s cry from the abyss in the first reading. The meaningful life is still a pressing issue and an...

  • The scourge of cynicism

    The scourge of cynicism

    Together with corruption and hypocrisy, cynicism is another scourge of our society. It is the belief that there is never a genuinely good intention, but that all words and actions are hiding a selfish and dishonest motive. It is a declaration of...

  • Quotes and news

    In his homily during Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Rome, last Tuesday, Pope Francis said: “Sometimes we think that humility is to go quietly, perhaps head-down looking at the floor… but even pigs walk with their heads down: this is not humi­lity. This...

  • Fourth Sunday in ordinary time: Destabilising prophecy

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 18, 15-20; 1 Corinthians 7, 32-35; Mark 1, 21-28. When religion becomes conventional it is no longer what religion should be. It no longer responds to people’s real needs and questions and it loses its punch in the...

  • Is that all there is…?

    Is that all there is…?

    I still remember Jerry Leiber’s lyrics in the 1960s hit song Is That All There Is?: “When I was 12 years old, my father took me to a circus, the greatest show on earth… I had the feeling that something was missing… but when it was over, I said to...

  • Quotes and news

    These are quotes from the Pope during his recent visit to Peru: Jesus gets involved In Lima, Peru, last Sunday, he said: “The Kingdom of Heaven means fin­ding in Jesus a God who gets in­volv­ed with the lives of people. And he involves others not...

  • Third Sunday in ordinary time: See clearly, live simply

    Jonah 3, 1-5.10; 1 Corinthians 7, 29-31; Mk 1, 14-20. In today’s Scripture readings there is a call to repentance coupled with a sense of urgency. What does a call to repentance amount to today? Jonah went across Nineveh urging people to change...

  • Milestone or millstone?

    Milestone or millstone?

    Last year was marred by the brutal assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. This terrible event shed light on the evil of high-level skullduggery, fuelled by the ultra-rich, with the connivance of financial institutions and banks in tax havens...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, said: “We are all under attack, Christians, Muslims. All these attacks on churches, mos­ques, armed robbery, kidnappings, demonstrate that we have a government that is not stable and cannot guarantee...

  • Second Sunday in ordinary time: God’s networks

    1 Sam 3, 3-10.19; 1 Cor 6, 13-15.17-20; Jn 1, 35-42. Christianity is not a message to be proclaimed but an experience that becomes a message. The ‘come and see’ of the gospel today is an invitation addressed to all of us personally and to the...

  • Appeal of faith

    Appeal of faith

    Many of us, at one stage or another, must have faced a crisis of faith. Since we are rational beings, the most profound question asked universally is “why?”. But as Nietzsche wrote: “He who has a why to live for can bear with almost...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Angelus address last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “The feast of Jesus’s baptism invites every Christian to remember his or her own baptism. To forget our baptism means to expose ourselves to the risk of losing our memory of what the Lord has...

  • The Epiphany of the Lord: Faith is a homecoming

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 60, 1-6;  Ephesians 3, 2-3.5-6; Matthew 2, 1-12. In our talk about faith and God, we tend to be too reductive and almost fundamentalist. We think of God as a God of Christians and different from the God of others, and we...

  • ‘Time is greater than space’

    ‘Time is greater than space’

    The first days of the new year are ripe to contemplate Pope Francis’s dictum for personal and communal flourishing: “Time is greater than space” (Evangelii gaudium, 222-225). Awareness of individual need and limitation compels us to conquer...

  • Quotes and news

    During an audience with members of the Italian Theological Association, Pope Francis said: “There is a need for a theology that helps all Christians to announce and to demonstrate, above all, the saving face of God, the merciful God, especially in...