The Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for the 44th World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on 1st January 2011 is based on the theme ‘Religious Freedom, The Path to Peace’. This theme is extremely central, especially because it profoundly affects the other dimensions of human life in contemporary society. The voice of the Church with regards to the right to religious freedom – and other related individual freedoms – is clearly outlined in the Pope’s Message, while reference is made to other Church documents which pronounce themselves on these issues… Read more »
In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him. What has come into being in him was life, life that was the light of men; and light shines in darkness, and darkness could not overpower it. … Read more »
Thursday in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received participants in an international congress of the International Federation of “Pueri Cantores”, currently being held in Rome.
The Pope addressed the group in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Polish and Ukrainian. “As you use your talents and your faith to sing God’s praises, you give voice to the natural desire of every human being to glorify Him, with songs of love”, he said… Read more »
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There was a prophetess, too, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well on in years. Her days of girlhood over, she had been married for seven years before becoming a widow. She was now eighty-four years old and never left the Temple, serving God night and day with fasting and prayer. She came up just at that moment and began to praise God; and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deliverance of Jerusalem… Read more »
And when the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord- observing what is written in the Law of the Lord: Every first-born male must be consecrated to the Lord- and also to offer in sacrifice, in accordance with what is prescribed in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons… Read more »
Pope Benedict’s decision to send a Vatican delegation to a United Nations conference on racism has opened a new rift in relations with Jewish groups, which say it is being used as a platform to attack Israel.
The Jewish groups criticised the Vatican just before diplomats walked out of the conference when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Israel of establishing a “cruel and repressive racist regime” over Palestinians… Read more »
Tħabbret il-mewt tal-Isqof Malti Joe Grech li huwa minn Ħal Balzan. Huwa kien Isqof tad-Djoċesi ta’ Sandhurst ġewwa Victoria, l-Awstralja. L-Isqof Grech li kellu 62 sena miet llum, it-Tlieta, 28 ta’ Diċembru 2010, fit-3.00 p.m. (5.00 a.m. ħin lokali). Huwa sar Isqof ta’ Sandhurst nhar is-27 ta’ April 2001 u kien responsabbli għall-emigranti u r-refuġjati, u għaż-żgħażagħ f’isem il-Konferenza Episkopali Awstraljana.
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Octave of Christmas:
After they had left, suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.’ So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt, where he stayed until Herod was dead… Read more »
Eks-għalliema, studjuż tal-Iskrittura, eks-kappillan tal-Isptar San Luqa, missjunarju Sależjan. Ilkoll saċerdoti, illum ta’ ċerta età, miġbura fid-Dar tal-Kleru, Birkirkara, mogħtija kull kura u mħabba mill-Qaddejja taċ-Ċenaklu, li jieħdu ħsiebhom daqslikieku kienu wliedhom. Mort niltaqa’ ma’ xi wħud minnhom. Taw ħajjithom lill-oħrajn, jaħdmu fil-parroċċi ta’ Malta u f’istituzzjonijiet oħra tal-Knisja.
L-aktar anzjan minnhom hu l-Kan George Sciriha, fi żmienu għalliem bil-mustaċċi tal-lingwa Taljana. B’passjoni u mħabba tixgħel għal dak kollu li hi beltu l-Isla, fejn bħala saċerdot ta servizz tista’ tgħid tul ħajtu kollha… Read more »