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  • Quotes and news

    The following quotes are taken from speeches and homilies made by Pope Francis during his pastoral visit to Colombia. ‘Real wealth is diversity’ Addressing Colombia’s leaders on September 7, the Pope said: “I en­courage you to look to those who...

  • 23rd Sunday in ordinary time: Our bill of health

    Today’s readings: Ezekiel 33, 7-9; Romans 13, 8-10; Matthew 18, 15-20. If we examine our faith communities, would we give them a clean bill of health? Such health is surely not measured by the efficiency of the parish office or the standard of our...

  • More or less Catholic schools?

    More or less Catholic schools?

    There is no doubt that our country, culture and values are becoming less Catholic. Are our Catholic schools becoming less Catholic too? For some, it is still a big shock to even ask the question. But before we helplessly drop our arms or angrily...

  • Quotes and news

    Jesuit father Michael Czerny, undersecretary of the Migrants and Refu­gees section of the office for Integral Human Development, said that politicians, business leaders, civil society and faith communities must step up efforts to combat the...

  • 22nd Sunday in ordinary time: The allure of life

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 20, 7-9; Romans 12, 1-2; Matthew 16, 21-27. Life is Beautiful. As many would recall, that was the 1997 Italian film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. Benigni in the film employs his fertile imagination to shield...

  • The eleventh hour

    The eleventh hour

    The Holy Father’s address at the Italian National Liturgical Week not only gives us food for thought but also food for action. He made it plain that this was not a period of doom for the Liturgy during which superficial events have happened, but...

  • Quotes and news

    In an address to the International Catholic Legislators Network last Sunday, Pope Francis said: “As long as the contribution of the Church to the great questions of society in our time can be put into discussion, it is vital that your commitment...

  • 21st Sunday in ordinary time: On what foundation?

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 22, 19-23; Romans 11, 33-36; Matthew 16, 13-20. Today’s text from Matthew, reporting Peter’s confession of faith in Jesus and the founding of the Church on Peter as the rock, has been always a debated text. Some argue that...

  • Is evil a thing of the past?

    Is evil a thing of the past?

    Fresh in our mind is the savage terrorist attack in Barcelona. Similar strikes have targeted defenceless members of the public in Nice, London, Berlin and Stockholm. Recently, in Charlottesville, Virginia, US, a white supremacist rammed a car into...

  • Quotes and news

    In his Angelus address on August 12, Pope Francis said: “When you do not cling to the word of the Lord, but have more security in consulting horoscopes and fortune tellers, you sink. Faith in the Lord and in his word does not open a path where...

  • 20th Sunday in ordinary time: It is faith that matters

    Today’s readings: Isaiah 56, 1.6-7; Romans 11, 13-15.29-32; Matthew 15, 21-28. Ideally, religions should transcend boundaries and by nature be inclusive, promoting unity in diversity and fraternity. But as we all know, the truth on the ground is...

  • Silence is not golden

    Silence is not golden

    In a landmark document of 1998, entitled ‘Living the Gospel of Life’, the Catholic Bishops of the US made a fervent appeal for Catholics to fulfil their vocation in the public arena. In the light of unfolding events in Malta, this document is very...

  • Quotes and news

    Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne emphasised that priests are under an absolute moral obligation to preserve the secrecy of the confessional. The archbishop was reacting to a recommendation by an Australian Royal Commission that would oblige...

  • 19th Sunday in ordinary time: Living wisely, creatively

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 19, 9.11-13; Romans 9, 1-5; Matthew 14, 22-33. Rough patches come our way unexpectedly. They can be time consuming, they drain our energy and joy of living, they can even upset our belief system. In today’s Scriptures we...

  • The power of the Church

    The power of the Church

    A recent article in La Civiltà Cattolica caused a storm of controversy in the US media and beyond. It argued that there is a dangerous religious-political “ecumenism of hate” between “fringe” integralist Catholic groups and a certain type of...

  • Quotes and news

    The tension between Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro and the Catholic Church continued to increase after his strong disapproval of a recent Vatican statement opposing his government’s plan to rewrite the nation’s Constitution. The plan had...

  • The Transfiguration of the Lord: Hindsight interpretations

    Today’s readings: Daniel 7, 9-10.13-14; 2 Peter 1, 16-19; Matthew 17, 1-9. One of the major difficulties or challenges we face in a digital age is to distinguish between what is virtual and what is real. It is also the difficulty we all face in...

  • Private fulfilment vs common good

    Private fulfilment vs common good

    Commitment to democracy de­mands the right balance between allowing for personal freedom and liberty without impairing the common good. But what is the common good? It seems as though the ‘common good’ is a fine but vague-sounding phrase that can...

  • Quotes and news

    After President Nicholas Maduro’s ‘victory’ in last Sunday’s poll in Ve­nezuela, the country’s bishops pray­ed for Our Lady’s intercession to liberate the country. The prayer, transmitted via Twitter, read: “Most Holy Virgin, Mother of Coromoto,...

  • Seventeenth Sunday in ordinary time: Discovering for ourselves

    Today’s readings: 1 Kings 3, 5.7-12; Romans 8, 28-30; Matthew 13, 44-52. It is no secret that D. H. Lawrence, an early 20th century novelist, was not particularly fond of the Church or of Christianity. For him, Christianity was a spent force. In...