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  • A Church in transition

    A Church in transition

    In our country, religion and culture has been very closely intertwined. Our skyline is still a battle between domes, steeples and high-rises, street corners are adorned with saints, and we hang feast decorations in streets. So it is hard to fathom...

  • Quotes and news

    The political crisis in Venezuela could be described as a “government war against the people,” Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said on June 29. “We (the bishops) ask the national government to reconsider, stop that attitude of wanting to...

  • The challenge we face

    Today’s readings: 2 Kings 4, 8-11.14-16; Romans 6, 3-4.8-11; Matthew 10, 37-42. A major issue that arises today when we analyse how we live and the meaningfulness of much of what we do, is that we have lost sight of what it really means to be a...

  • Truly changing times

    Truly changing times

    Probably the most severe sin we are committing today is that of indifference, looking away from the dramatic events surrounding us. It is a sin of omission for people who claim to have faith when they are untouched by the misery being brought...

  • Quotes and news

    Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office, said in a statement that the Holy See has expressed “grave concern” over the situation of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou. The Vatican noted that the bishop, who is recognised by the Vatican...

  • Being resilient

    Today’s readings: Jeremiah 20, 10-13; Romans 5, 12-15; Matthew 10, 26-33. The fact that so often in life, evil and adversity prevail puts our faith in God to the test. This is the natural reaction. Yet believing that because the Lord is at my side...

  • An economy for our home

    An economy for our home

    In recent weeks we have heard a lot about the economy. Going back to its Greek roots, the word ‘eco­nomy’ recalls household management. It is about the management of our house and its contents. The space we call ‘home’ is dear to us all because it...

  • Quotes and news

    During a Zenit news agency interview with Sweden’s recently named first cardinal, Cardinal-designate Anders Arborelius said: “We are not just a little minority of second-class foreigners, we belong to society. And I think for many Catholics, and...

  • Corpus Christi: Our lifeline

    Today’s readings: Deuteronomy 8, 2-3.14-16; 1 Corinthians 10, 16-17; John 6, 51-58. It is imperative today for the Church’s conscience and for a deeper relevance of what we stand for as Christians to situate the Eucharist where it really belongs,...

  • Prayer for a new Parliament

    Prayer for a new Parliament

    On January 23, 1996, Rev. Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate. Everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard: “Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek...

  • Quotes and news

    During official visit to Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Pope Francis said: “Stable employment, along with a policy actively committed to favouring the family, the first and primary place in which the person-in-relations is formed, are the...

  • Contemplating God

    Today’s readings: Exodus 34, 4-6.8-9; 2 Corinthians 13, 11-13; John 3, 16-18. The Scripture readings on this Sunday when we celebrate God as Trinity offer a deep meditation not on who God is but on how we experience His greatness through the way...

  • A horizon of communion

    A horizon of communion

    A story is told of a missionary in a tropical country who, during his home-leave, came across a wonderful sundial. He felt the sundial would be ideal for his villagers in the mission. He thought he could use it to teach them to tell the time of...

  • Quotes and news

    President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement was described as “a disaster for everyone” by Bishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He added that the...

  • The revolution of the Spirit

    Today’s readings: Acts 2, 1-11; 1 Corinthians 12, 3-7.12-13; John 20, 19-23. The condition of the disciples following the death of Jesus is depicted by John in today’s gospel as that of people who locked themselves in a room believing the outer...

  • Quo vadis Malta?

    Quo vadis Malta?

    The election results will be unfolding as this article goes public. On election day, those of us who uphold Christian values should have taken into account which political candidates are really reliable to represent, promote and uphold them. Like...

  • Quotes and news

    During his homily in Domus Sanctae Marthae last Monday, Pope Francis said: “What place does the Holy Spirit have in my life? Am I able to ask for inspiration before taking a decision or doing something? Or is my heart quiet, lacking in emotion and...

  • Turning to the heart

    Today’s readings: Acts 1, 1-11; Ephesians 1, 17-23; Matthew 28, 16-20. One of the basic narratives of the Christian faith has always been that humanity’s fallenness has been redeemed through Christ’s death and resurrection; in the sense that the...

  • A question of conscience

    A question of conscience

    This Saturday, as Maltese citizens, we are called to the polls to exercise our fundamental freedom of the right to vote and elect those whom we want to govern our country. This is the practice of democracy at its most basic level. Our bishops have...

  • Quotes and news

    Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela, said government agents should “not launch tear gas against people and, of course, not even shoot or allow certain groups to shoot, because there are paramilitary groups; everyone has seen in the...