Monthly Archives: June 2015

Four new Priests

  • On Friday 3rd July 2015, Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna will ordain four new priests (three diocesan and one religious) during Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta. The celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m.

    The four deacons who will be ordained to priesthood are:

    Rev. Carlo Calleja from Stella Maris Parish, Sliema,


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The Pope welcomes Orthodox delegation for feast of St Peter and St Paul

  • On the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis urged 46 new metropolitan archbishops to hear the first apostles’ call to prayer, to faith and to witness. The Pope’s words came during his homily at Mass in St Peter’s Basilica which included several significant ecumenical initiatives. Every year on June 29th, solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, a high level delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul travels to the Vatican to celebrate this great feast of the patron saints of the Church in Rome…
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The Gospel of the day: 30th June

  • Saint Matthew 8:23-27 As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm…
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Pope Francis to new Archbishops: be true witnesses

  • On Monday 29th June 2015, Pope Francis delivered the homily at Mass celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica on Monday, the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Patrons of Rome. The Mass also saw the ceremonial gift of the Pallium – the peculiar sign of the office of a Metropolitan Archbishop. Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna received the pallium with other Archbishops.

    The Homily by the Holy Father

  • The reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, speaks to us of the first Christian community besieged by persecution…

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The Gospel of the day: 29th June

  • Solemnity of the feast of St Peter and St Paul, apostles 

    Saint Matthew 16:13-19

    Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi and he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others Elijah, still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter said in reply, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus said to him in reply, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah…

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The Gospel of the day: 28th June

  • Saint Mark 5:21-43

    When Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea. One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward. Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying, “My daughter is at the point of death. Please, come lay your hands on her that she may get well and live.” He went off with him, and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him. There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years. She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors and had spent all that she had…

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Statement with reference to media reports

  • With reference to the alleged case of abuse reported in the media, the Commission for the Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults would like to clarify that, whilst it will not divulge information about specific cases, according to its policy, the necessary action is taken in all cases where a risk of harm to children or vulnerable adults is present, based on the information passed on to the Commission and on the outcome of its initial assessment…
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The Gospel of the day: 27th June

  • Saint Matthew 8:5-17

    When Jesus entered Capernaum, a centurion approached him and appealed to him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, suffering dreadfully.” He said to him, “I will come and cure him.” 

    The centurion said in reply, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof; only say the word and my servant will be healed. For I too am a person subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me…

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The Archbishop receives the Pallium from the Pope

    • L-Arċisqof Charles J. Scicluna llum ser iħalli Malta għal Ruma biex nhar it-Tnejn li ġej, Solennità tal-Appostli San Pietru u San Pawl, jirċievi l-pallium mingħand il-Papa Franġisku. Il-pallium ser jingħata privatament lill-Arċisqof flimkien ma’ Arċisqfijiet oħra minn madwar id-dinja, qabel Quddiesa kkonċelebrata mmexxija mill-Papa Franġisku, fil-Bażilika ta’ San Pietru, fil-Vatikan. Il-pallium jintlibes mill-Arċisqfijiet bħala simbolu tal-komunjoni tagħhom mas-Suċċessur ta’ San Pietru fit-tmexxija tal-Poplu ta’ Alla…
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The Pope: True authority of Church of Rome is the love of Christ

  • “The true authority of the Church of Rome is the charity of Christ.” That was the message of Pope Francis to members of the Pontifical Eccesiastical Academy, the “Accademia” – the Roman institution responsible for preparing priests for the diplomatic service of the Holy See. It is only the charity of Christ that makes the Church of Rome “universal and credible” to human beings and to the world…
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