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  • 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...

  • 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...