Monthly Archives: October 2015

Bishop Mario Grech arrives back in Malta after the Synod of Bishops

  • Nhar it-Tnejn 26 ta’ Ottubru 2015, Mons. Mario Grech, Isqof ta’ Għawdex u President tal-Konferenza Episkopali Maltija, indirizza konferenza tal-aħbarijiet mal-wasla tiegħu Malta minn Ruma, fejn attenda għas-Sinodu tal-Isqfijiet.

    L-14-il Assemblea Ġenerali Ordinarja tas-Sinodu tal-Isqfijiet, li bdiet fl-4 ta’ Ottubru 2015, intemmet ilbierah b’Quddiesa Solenni mmexxija mill-Papa Franġisku, fil-Bażilika ta’ San Pietru, il-Vatikan. It-tema ta’ dan is-Sinodu kienet “Il-vokazzjoni u l-missjoni tal-familja fil-Knisja u fid-dinja tal-lum”…

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Pope Francis celebrates closing Mass of Synod of Bishops on Family

  • On Sunday 25th October 2015, lines of faithful spiraled around St. Peter’s Square from early on Sunday awaiting their chance to enter St. Peter’s Basilica for the closing Mass of the Synod on the Family. The Mass, presided over by Pope Francis, marked the end of the second gathering of the Synod of Bishops to discuss “The Mission and Vocation of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.”

    Families from all over the world filled the Basilica…

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The Gospel of the day: 26th October

  • Saint Luke 13:10-17

    Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply, “There are six days when work should be done…

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The Gospel of the day: 25th October

  • Saint Mark 10:46-52

    As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.” And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, “Son of David, have pity on me.” Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.” So they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take courage; get up, he is calling you.” He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way…

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Final report of the Synod of Bishops published

  • Click here to download the final report of the Synod of Bishops (Italian)

    Below find the official English translation of Pope Francis’ address at conclusion of the Synod of Bishops:

  • Dear Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies, Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    I would like first of all to thank the Lord, who has guided our synodal process in these years by his Holy Spirit, whose support is never lacking to the Church…

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The Gospel of the day: 24th October

  • Saint Luke 13:1-9

    Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them –do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! …

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Seven men to be Ordained Deacons

  • On Friday 30th October 2015, six seminarians and a Conventual Franciscan friar are going to be ordained deacons by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna, during a celebration of Mass starting at 6:30pm, at St Sebastian’s Parish Church, Ħal Qormi.

    The following will be ordained deacons: Allister Marija Aquilina OFM Conv.; Sergio Fenech and Mark Mallia Pawley from St Sebastian’s Parish Church, Ħal Qormi; Claude Mifsud, from the Parish of the Assumption of Our Lady, Mosta; James Saydon, from the Parish of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, Naxxar; Andrew Schembri from St George’s Parish, Ħal Qormi; and Gilbert Scicluna from St Joseph’s Parish, Kalkara…

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Pope Francis announces the establishment of a new Dicastery

  • Today, at the beginning of the afternoon General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops, the Holy Father made the following announcement:

    “I have decided to establish a new Dicastery with competency for Laity, Family and Life, that will replace the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Pontifical Academy for Life will be joined to the new Dicastery. To this end, I have constituted a special commission that will prepare a text delineating canonically the competencies of the new Dicastery…

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The Gospel of the day: 23rd October

  • Saint Luke 12:54-59

    Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” 

    Saint of the day: St…

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Pope Francis: keep our word, heal our families, save the world

  • Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience this Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square. In his remarks to the faithful gathered in the Square, Pope Francis returned to the theme of the family, and specifically to the promises a man and a woman make to each other when they form a family in marriage.

    The Holy Father began his main catechesis with a reflection on the family as founded on a promise…

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