Monthly Archives: September 2018

The Gospel of the day: 24th September

  • Saint Luke 8:16-18 

    Jesus said to the crowd : “No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed; rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light. 

    Take care, then, how you hear…

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The Sunday Gospel: 23rd September

  • The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

    Saint Mark 9:30-37 

    Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee, but he did not wish anyone to know about it. He was teaching his disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be handed over to men and they will kill him, and three days after his death he will rise.” But they did not understand the saying, and they were afraid to question him. They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house, he began to ask them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they remained silent…

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The Gospel of the day: 22nd September

  • Saint Luke 8: 4-15 

    When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable. A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled, and the birds of the sky ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew, it withered for lack of moisture. Some seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew, it produced fruit a hundredfold.” After saying this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.” 

    Then his disciples asked him what the meaning of this parable might be. He answered, “Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God has been granted to you; but to the rest, they are made known through parables so that ‘they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.’ 

    This is the meaning of the parable…

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Solidarity – The Archbishop’s homily on Independence Day 2018

Pontifical Mass on the national feast of Independence Day

  • Homily by Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna

    St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta

    21st September 2018

    It is only right and fitting that we, Maltese and Gozitans, celebrate Independence Day because on this day in 1964 Malta became a sovereign and independent state, and she took her rightful place among the community of nations…

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The Gospel of the day: 21st September

  • Saint Matthew, apostle and evangelist – Feast

    Saint Matthew 9:9-13 

    As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. 

    The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

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The Gospel of the day: 20th September

  • Saint Luke 7:36-50 

    A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him, and he entered the Pharisee’s house and reclined at table. Now there was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with her tears…

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Archbishop Scicluna: February Summit, From Words & Documents to Concrete Actions

Speaking to Journalists in Poznan, Pope’s Entrusted Abuse Investigator Reminds Pope St John Paul II’s Post-Synodal Exhortation ‘Pastores Dabo Vobis’ Has Urgent and Prophetic Value.

  • Archbishop Charles Scicluna says the Pope’s upcoming summit gathering the presidents of all the world’s bishops conferences on the topic of ‘protection of minors’ and vulnerable, an unprecedented move by any Pope, responds to the expectations of many to move from documents and words to actions. Speaking to journalists on Sept. 14, including Zenit, in Poznan, Poland, who were on the ground for the Plenary Assembly of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE) taking place, Sept…
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The Gospel of the day: 19th September

  • Saint Luke 7:31-35 

    Jesus said to the crowds: “To what shall I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children who sit in the marketplace and call to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, but you did not dance. We sang a dirge, but you did not weep.’ 

    For John the Baptist came neither eating food nor drinking wine, and you said, ‘He is possessed by a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking and you said, ‘Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ But wisdom is proved right by all her children.”

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Statue of Saint Ġorġ Preca for Swatar Parish

  • Is-sena 2018 se tibqa’ mfakkra fil-Parroċċa tas-Swatar mhux biss għaliex qed tiċċelebra l-10 snin mit-twaqqif tagħha mill-Arċisqof Emeritu Mons. Pawlu Cremona O.P., imma wkoll għaliex se tasal l-istatwa titulari tal-parroċċa.

    L-istatwa tfakkarna f’San Ġorġ Preca, l-ewwel qaddis Malti, fil-mument meta fl-24 ta’ Diċemrbu 1921 għamel l-ewwel purċissjoni bil-Bambin. Filfatt, il-Bambin li San Ġorġ se jkun qed iżomm f’idu huwa kopja fl-injam ta’ dak li kien uża San Ġorġ stess u li kien inħadem minn misssier l-iskultur il-Kav…

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European Bishops thank millions of Christian volunteers

Plenary Assembly of European Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in Poznań, Poland

  • “Volunteer work involves millions of Christians in Europe and is a remarkable and pervasive activity, that can reach many poor and marginalized people living in our opulent societies, with a peculiar dynamism of love. […] We wish to express our closeness, encouraging support and gratitude to the Christians who engage in volunteer work, whether it is organized or spontaneous, structured or occasional.”

    It is with this feeling of gratitude for the army of volunteers who daily bear witness to Christian love, which was included in the Plenary Assembly’s Final Message, that the Presidents of European Catholic Bishops’ Conferences wrapped up their annual gathering…

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