The following are highlights of the activities of Pope Benedict XVI and of the Holy See for the months of September to December 2012.
4: Message from the Holy Father for the funeral of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J., archbishop emeritus of Milan, Italy, who died on 31 August at the age of 85.
10: The Holy Father receives the second group of bishops from the Episcopal Conference of Colombia, at the end of their five-yearly “ad limina” visit… 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 »
Nhar il-Ħadd 30 ta’ Diċembru 2012, fl-okkażjoni tal-festi ta’ żmien il-Milied u l-bidu tas-Sena l-Ġdida, l-Arċisqof Pawlu Cremona O.P., l-Isqof Awziljarju Charles J. Scicluna u l-Arċisqof Emeritus Ġuzeppi Mercieca, iltaqgħu mal-familji u kull min xtaq iżurhom għal bdil tal-awguri tal-istaġun. Akkumpanjaw l-isqfijiet kor tat-tfal li kantaw innijiet tal-Milied.
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5.30 p.m. The Archbishop celebrates Mass and sings the ‘Te Deum’ Thanksgiving Hymn, at St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta, to mark the end of year 2012.
9.30 a.m. The Archbishops visits H.E. the President and Mrs Abela at the Palace to exchange New Year’s greetings, and then goes to the Archbishop Palace in Valletta to greet members of Civil Society… Read more »
3rd Sunday of Advent
Feast of the Holy Family
Every year his parents used to go to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When he was twelve years old, they went up for the feast as usual. When the days of the feast were over and they set off home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it… Read more »
Luke 2, 22-35
And when the day came for them to be purified in keeping with the Law of Moses, the parents of Jesus 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 »
Matthew 2, 13-18
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 »
Dr Arthur Galea Salomone is the new President of the Cana Movement. His appointment was announced by Archbishop Paul Cremona O.P. during Cana’s annual Christmas gathering. Dr Galea Salomone is a lawyer by profession. He is married and has three children. He succeeds Dr Anna Maria Vella who for the past seven years has offered her invaluable services and expertise in the field of the family, to the Cana Movement… Read more »
“On St. Stephen’s Day, we are called to fix our gaze on the Son of God”, and like St. Stephen, deacon and first martyr of the Church “open up our lives to the light that directs us” on life’s path, said Benedict XVI in his Angelus reflections this Wednesday.
In Baptism and Confirmation, with the precious gift of faith nourished by the Sacraments of the Church, especially the Eucharist, Jesus Christ has bound us to Him and wants to continue in us, through the action of the Holy Spirit, his work of salvation that redeems, enhances, elevates and leads all to fulfilment… Read more »