Monthly Archives: July 2018

Remembering Fr Jacques Hamel on the anniversary of his killing

  • Fr Jacques Hamel was murdered by extremist Islamic militants two years ago to this day in his parish in northern France while celebrating Holy Mass.

    Pope Francis has held up his testimony of faith also as a reminder of all the other Christian martyrs whose blood is shed across today’s world.

    It was during Mass in the Casa Santa Marta, celebrated together with the Bishop of Rouen and father Jacques Hamel’s family, that Pope Francis described the slain French parish priest as “a gentle, good man, who fostered brotherhood”…

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The Gospel of the day: 27th July

  • Saint Matthew 13:18-23 

    Jesus said to His disciples: “Hear then the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it, and the evil one comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. 

    The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time…

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300 young people participating in Kamp Sajf 2018

  • Għal darb’oħra din is-sena, numru ta’ leaders fiż-ŻAK reġgħu ħadu ħsieb jorganizzaw il-Kamp Sajf. Il-preparazzjonijiet għall-Kamp Sajf ilhom li bdew. Sar ukoll weekend ta’ preparazzjoni ġewwa ż-ŻAK House Birkirkara bejn is-6 u t-8 ta’ Lulju. Matul dan il-weekend, madwar 50 leader kienu preżenti sabiex din l-attività daqshekk kbira tkun ta’ suċċess u li sservi ta’ ġid għal kull min jipparteċipa…

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Priest in Gaza: ‘people living in fear of a new war’

  • The United Nations Mideast envoy has warned that  Israel and Hamas were “minutes away” from another “devastating confrontation” in Gaza on Saturday.

    He revealed on Tuesday that the clash was averted after U.N. and Egyptian diplomatic efforts got both sides to “step back from the brink.”

    Sounding the alarm, Nikolay Mladenov said that crucial work is required to change the current deteriorating dynamics that, he noted, could lead to the fourth war in a decade between Hamas and Israel…

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The Gospel of the day: 26th July

  • Saint Matthew 13:10-17 

    The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” He said to them in reply, “Because knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 

    This is why I speak to them in parables, because ‘they look but do not see and hear but do not listen or understand.’” Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says: ‘You shall indeed hear but not understand you shall indeed look but never see. Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them.’ 

    But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. Amen, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it”…

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Pope saddened by deaths in Greek wildfires

  • Pope Francis on Tuesday expressed his sadness for the many deaths caused by raging wildfires in areas close to the Greek capital, Athens.

    In a telegramme addressed to ecclesiastical and civil authorities by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin on his behalf, the Pope said he extends his heartfelt solidarity to all those affected by this tragedy, commends the deceased to the merciful love of Almighty God, and offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they continue in their rescue efforts.  

    At least 60 people have perished in the fires in the Attica region around Athens…

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The Gospel of the day: 25th July

  • Saint James, Apostle – Feast

    Saint Matthew 20:20-28

    The mother of the sons of Zebedee approached Jesus with her sons and did him homage, wishing to ask him for something. He said to her, “What do you wish?” She answered him, “Command that these two sons of mine sit, one at your right and the other at your left, in your kingdom.” 

    Jesus said in reply, “You do not know what you are asking…

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St Joseph is the patron saint of those who emigrate from their homeland in order to protect their family. How do we treat and speak of those who are like him? – The Archbishop

Mass on the occasion of the feast of St Joseph

  • L-omelija tal-Arċisqof Charles J. Scicluna


  • Knisja Parrokkjali, l-Imsida
    13 ta’ Lulju 2018

    F’din il-parabbola Ġesù jitkellem dwar it-talenti. Fi żmienu t-talent kienet somma flus u kienet sena paga. Il-paga ta’ ġurnata kien id-denarius, ismu miegħu, il-paga ta’ ġurnata. Imma t-talent kien sena sħiħa paga…

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The Archbishop’s message during the 2018 Oħloq Tbissima TV marathon

  • Il-messaġġ tal-Arċisqof Charles J. Scicluna


  • Dar San Ġużepp, Santa Venera
    20 ta’ Lulju 2018

    L-appell tiegħi huwa għall-ġenerożità tal-poplu tagħna. Il-fathers ġustament tkellmu fuq il-pajjiżi li għandhom l-esperjenza sabiħa tal-preżenza tal-Missjunarji ta’ San Pawl, esperjenza li taf lill-imħabba kbira ta’ Mons. De Piro bħala fundatur u tant ġenerazzjonjiet ta’ żgħażagħ Maltin li taw ħajjtihom anke fl-artijiet tal-missjoni u għadhom jagħmlu hekk…

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A letter to the parents who keep bringing their disruptive kids to Mass, week after week

  • Dear exhausted, discouraged parents,

    So your kids are just terrible in Mass. Chaotic, disobedient, and disruptive, week after week. It’s like a big old spotlight is shining on you the whole time, you and your apparently sub-par parenting.

    I’m right there with you. I’ve started to dread Sundays. I mean, we’ve tried everything. Going to the early Mass, going to the evening Mass, Mass books, whispered explanations, whispered threats, sitting in the front, sitting in the back, marching straight to the cry room … and maybe a few of the tricks have helped, but the bottom line is that we’re not getting out of that building without somebody screaming, making a mad dash for the altar, or God knows what…

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