Monthly Archives: August 2018

Statement by the Archdiocese of Malta regarding Fr Felix Cini

  • The Communications Office refers to articles published in the media over the last 48 hours about Fr Felix Cini, a priest of Maltese nationality incardinated in the Diocese of Grosseto, Italy. In view of the concerns that have been raised, the following clarifications ought to be made in the best interest of the community.

    1. In 2008, Fr Cini went through a canonical process by the Holy See which determined that he is not under the penalty of dismissal (i.e…
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The Gospel of the day: 29th August

  • Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

    Saint Mark 6:17-29 

    Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married. John had said to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” Herodias harboured a grudge against him and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so. Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody…

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“Salvation is possible for everyone” – The Archbishop on the feast of St Bartholomew

Omelija waqt Quddiesa fil-festa ta' San Bartilmew


  • L-omelija tal-Arċisqof Charles J. Scicluna


  • Il-Knisja Parrokkjali, Ħal Għargħur

    26 ta’ Awwissu 2018

    Il-koppja ħelwa minn Kana tal-Galilija—raħal ċkejken ħelu mibni f’ambjent li jixbah ħafna lil tagħna, imdawwar mis-siġar tal-ħarrub, bis-siġar tat-tin, il-qasab li jindikalek li hemm l-ilma, imdawar bid-dwieli— tweldilha tifel.

    Xi jfisser isem San Bartilmew? …

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If one member suffers…

An article by the Head of the Church's Safeguarding Commission, Andrew Azzopardi, published on The Sunday Times of Malta

  • There is no greater issue in the Catholic Church today than that of child abuse. The Church’s credibility and future depend on how this problem is handled and solved.

    The Pennsylvania Grand Jury report detailing claims of sexual abuse of over 1,000 children by 301 priests makes for very painful reading. The accounts are truly horrific and display the pain and suffering experienced by victims…

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Child euthanasia has claimed the lives of three in Belgium

  • A recent report in Belgium noted that legal euthanasia there has claimed the lives of three children in the past two years. The response in Belgium? A big yawn.

    “The report of the control commision has provoked not one article in the press, and no comments at all,” said Willem Lemmens, Professor of Modern Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Antwerp…

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The Gospel of the day: 28th August

  • Saint Matthew 23:23-26 

    Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgement and mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel! 

    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites…

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Pope Francis: I found so much faith in Ireland!

  • “I have found so much faith in Ireland,” Pope Francis said at the end of his two-day visit to the land of Saints and Scholars. “The Irish have suffered so much from the scandals, but they know how to distinguish the truth from half-truths,” he said, reciting the words spoken to him by an unnamed Bishop a few hours earlier…

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Next World Meeting of Families to be held in Rome in 2021

  • Respectful of tradition, the announcement came at the end of the closing Mass. The name of the venue for the next World Day of Families is a closely-guarded secret, known only by a handful of people, including the Pope, who has to approve the decision, and the Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, which has the responsibility of organizing the event…

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The Gospel of the day: 27th August

  • Saint Matthew 23:13-22 

    Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the kingdom of heaven before human beings. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter. 

    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You traverse sea and land to make one convert, and when that happens you make him a child of Gehenna twice as much as yourselves. 

    Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If one swears by the temple, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gold of the temple, one is obligated.’ Blind fools, which is greater, the gold, or the temple that made the gold sacred? And you say, ‘If one swears by the altar, it means nothing, but if one swears by the gift on the altar, one is obligated.’ 

    You blind ones, which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? One who swears by the altar swears by it and all that is upon it; one who swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it; one who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who is seated on it.”

    Saint of the day: Saint Monica

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Pope in Ireland: Families can help God’s dream come true

  • Months of preparation went into creating the event considered one of the highlights of the World Meeting of Families 2018: the Festival of Families that was celebrated in Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium on Saturday evening together with some 70,000 people. Even the stage design reflected an ideal “circle of encounter” where families could sit close to Pope Francis while sharing their testimonies and enjoying the performances…

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