Monthly Archives: January 2016

Pope Francis: Christian marriage “not an ideal for the few”

  • Pope Francis on Friday said the Church’s teaching on marriage is not an “ideal for the few,” but “a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can be experienced by all the baptized.”

    The Holy Father was speaking the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, the Vatican court which mainly deals with marriage annulment cases.

    In his address inaugurating the judicial year, Pope Francis said the court’s role as Tribunal of the Family, and its role as Tribunal of the Truth of the Sacred Bond are complementary…

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The Gospel of the day: 25th January

    • Saint Mark 16:15-18

      Jesus said to the eleven: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents (with their hands), and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them…

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Pope changes Holy Thursday decree to include all people of God

  • Pope Francis has issued a decree that changes the way that the Holy Thursday Rite of the Washing of the Feet is celebrated.

    The decree, that says the rite should  include all members of God’s people, was published on Thursday by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and signed by the prefect, Cardinal Robert Sarah…

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The Gospel of the day: 24th January

  • Saint Luke 1:1-4.4:14-21

    Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginning and ministers of the word have handed them down to us, I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received. Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news of him spread throughout the whole region. He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all. He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up, and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day…

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The Gospel of the day: 23rd January

  •  Saint Mark 3:20-21

    Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 

    Saints of the day: St. John the Almoner, Patriarch of Alexandria,  St. Marianne Cope

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Communication and Mercy: A Fruitful Encounter

  • Dear Brothers and Sisters, The Holy Year of Mercy invites all of us to reflect on the relationship between communication and mercy. The Church, in union with Christ, the living incarnation of the Father of Mercies, is called to practise mercy as the distinctive trait of all that she is and does. What we say and how we say it, our every word and gesture, ought to express God’s compassion, tenderness and forgiveness for all…
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1,458 Church marriages in 2015

  • In-numru ta’ żwiġijiet fil-Knisja li ġew irreġistrati fl-Arċidjoċesi ta’ Malta fis-sena 2015 kien ta’ 1,458, żieda fuq in-numru ta’ żwiġijiet irreġistrati fl-2014. 

    Mit-total ta’ żwiġijiet rreġistrati fl-2015, 1,248 żwieġ kienu bejn Maltin. Kien hemm ukoll 71 żwieġ bejn Maltin u barranin. Dawn kienu mqassmin hekk: 44 żwieġ bejn Kattoliċi Maltin u Kattoliċi barranin; 22 żwieġ bejn Kattoliċi Maltin u Insara mhux Kattoliċi barranin; 5 żwiġijiet ta’ Maltin ma’ barranin li mhumiex Insara…

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The Gospel of the day: 22nd January

  • Saint Mark 3:13-19

    Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted  and they came to him. He appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons:  (he appointed the twelve:) Simon, whom he named Peter; James, son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James, whom he named Boanerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus; Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him. 

    Saint of the day: St…

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