Monthly Archives: December 2016

Pope Francis urges people of good will to fight the ‘folly of terrorism’

  • Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolences to the Archbishop of Berlin in which he says he is praying for the dead and injured in Monday’s attack on a Christmas market in Germany’s capital city.

    In his message to Archbishop Heiner Koch, the Pope also says he joins “all men and women of good will” who have committed themselves to efforts “so that the murderous folly of terrorism finds no more room in our world.” 

    The telegramme, written by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on behalf of the Holy Father, says that Francis was deeply saddened and is praying for the 12 persons who were killed and for the many wounded in what he called “the terrible act of violence”. 

    The Pope also expressed his gratitude to the medical and security personnel for their fast and concrete assistance to the victims…

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The Gospel of the day: 21st December

  • Saint Luke 1:39-45
    Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…

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The Archbishop during Christmas and the beginning of the New Year

  • Il‑funzjonijiet reliġjużi li ser imexxi l‑Arċisqof Charles J. Scicluna fl‑okkażjoni tal‑Milied jibdew fil‑Lejl tal‑Milied.

    Is‑Sibt 24 ta’ Diċembru 2016, fil‑11:00 p.m., Monsinjur Arċisqof imexxi t‑talba tal‑Liturġija tas‑Sigħat fil‑Quddiesa ta’ Nofsillejl fis‑Solennità tat‑Twelid ta’ Sidna Ġesù Kristu, fil‑Katidral tal‑Imdina. Il‑Quddiesa ser tixxandar ‘live’ fuq il‑YouTube Channel tal‑Knisja f’Malta.

    Il‑Ħadd 25 ta’ Diċembru, fid‑9:15 a.m., Monsinjur Arċisqof jiċċelebra Quddiesa Stazzjonali fis‑Solennità tat‑Twelid ta’ Sidna Ġesu’ Kristu, fil‑Konkatidral ta’ San Ġwann, il‑Belt Valletta…

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Pope to young people: ‘listen to your grandparents’

  • Pope Francis on Monday encouraged young Catholics to cultivate their relationships with their grandparents.

    Addressing  a group of young people who belong to an Italian Catholic lay association called ‘Azione Cattolica Italiana’, the Pope spoke of the joy that derives from the coming of Jesus, and said that joy is increased and multiplied when we share it.

    He invited the young people to receive the joy of Advent as they would receive a gift and to bear witness to it in their families, schools, parishes and in all places…

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Rogue: A Star Wars Story

  • ****

    Direttur: Gareth Edwards

    Atturi: Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mandelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen u Forest Whitaker

    Ħin tal-Film: 133 min

    Maħruġ minn KRS Releasing Ltd.



    L-Imperu Galaktik iddeġenera forza qerrieda u tirranika taħt it-tmexxija tal-Kmandant Imperjali  Orson Krennic…

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The Gospel of the day: 20th December

  • Saint Luke 1:26-38
    In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be…

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Pope Francis at Angelus: look to the crèche

  • Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, exactly a week before Christmas Day, 2016.

    In the reflection he shared with the people in the square ahead of the  traditional noonday Marian devotion, the Holy Father focused on the upcoming Christmas feast, exactly one week away at the time he delivered his remarks…

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The Gospel of the day: 19th December

    • Saint Luke 1:5-25
      In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years…

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Statement by the Interdiocesan Commission for the Environment about the Application for an IPPC Permit at Delimara

  • Tomorrow, Monday 19th December 2016, the Environment and Resources Authority (ERA) is expected to make its decision on the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) application for the “renewal and variation of the IPPC permit to include the operation of Delimara 1, Delimara 2a and 2b, Delimara 3 (conversion from HFO to Natural Gas), Delimara 4 CGGT and LNG Terminal”.

    The Kummissjoni Interdjoċesana Ambjent (KA) sadly notes that, once again, an issue of national importance, in this case the generation of electricity, is being turned into a political one…

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Archbishop’s address at the Concert by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra at the Papal Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, Rome

  • Your Excellency President of Malta,
    Your Eminences, Your Excellencies,
    Honourable Ministers and Deputies of the Republic of Malta,
    Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Beethoven dedicated his Missa Solemnis to the Archduke Rudolph of Austria, Cardinal Archbishop of Olmutz, who was the principal patron of the composer as well as his student and friend. On a copy presented to the Archduke, Beethoven inscribed these words: “Von Herzen — Möge es wieder — Zu Herzen gehn!” (“Arising from the heart, may it return to the heart”)…

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