Pope Francis and the Pope emeritus receive COVID-19 vaccine

The vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in the Vatican which began on Wednesday continues with both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receiving their first doses of the vaccine.

“I can confirm that as part of the vaccination program of the Vatican City State, as of today, the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine has been administered to Pope Francis and to the Pope Emeritus,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See Press Office in response to journalists’ questions… Read more »

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

Min‑nhar it‑Tnejn, 18 ta’ Jannar 2021, l‑Insara kollha madwar id‑dinja se jiċċelebraw il‑Ġimgħa ta’ Talb għall‑Għaqda fost l‑Insara, li tintemm it‑Tnejn, 25 ta’ Jannar. Matul din il‑ġimgħa l‑Knejjes Insara differenti jingħaqdu għal talb ekumeniku, bit‑tema għal din is‑sena tkun: “Ibqgħu fl‑imħabba tiegħi u tagħmlu ħafna frott” (ara Ġw 15:5‑9). Dan huwa kliem mill‑Evanġelju skont San Ġwann meta Ġesù tkellem dwaru nnifsu bħala d‑dielja l‑vera, u aħna l‑friegħi… Read more »

World Day of the Sick: Pope urges “trust-based relationship” in care for the sick

Pope Francis blesses a sick person in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 Nov. 2017 

Dear brothers and sisters,

The celebration of the XXIX World Day of the Sick on 11 February 2021, the liturgical memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Lourdes, is an opportunity to devote special attention to the sick and to those who provide them with assistance and care both in healthcare institutions and within families and communities… Read more »

Disapproval of action on medical consultant

Statement by the Secretariat for Catholic Education

The Secretariat for Catholic Education and the Church Schools Association are dismayed by the reports that Dr Kenneth Grech has been redeployed. Since the start of the pandemic, Dr Grech, in his official capacity and along with his colleagues, has given very valid advice when considering whether or not to physically welcome students, educators, and staff in schools. Dr Grech has been rendering a sterling service as coordinator of the COVID-19 team and always sought to safeguard public health… Read more »

Ministries of lector and acolyte to be open to women

With a Motu proprio released on Monday, Pope Francis established that from now on the ministries of Lector and Acolyte are to be open to women, in a stable and institutionalized form through a specific mandate.

There is nothing new about women proclaiming the Word of God during liturgical celebrations or carrying out a service at the altar as altar servers or as Eucharistic ministers… Read more »

Pope: World needs unity, fraternity to overcome current crisis

The Pope is inviting everyone to rediscover our common unity, to be close to those who suffer, to feel like brothers and sisters in order to overcome together the global crisis caused by the pandemic.

At the beginning of the interview with Canale 5, aired Sunday evening, Pope Francis reiterates that “after a crisis we are never as before, ever. We either emerge better or we come out worse.” According to the Pope, “one must review everything.” The great values which are always there in life must be translated into our life lived in the moment… Read more »

Pope on assault on US Capitol: Reject violence. It’s time for healing

Pope Francis says the unfolding of events on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on 6 January “came as a surprise” to him. However, he noted, no society can consider itself immune from subversive elements.

His words come as part of an interview conducted by the Italian “Canale 5” television network, which will be broadcast on Sunday evening.

Violence to be condemned

“I was amazed, because they are a people who are so disciplined in democracy,” said Pope Francis… Read more »

Sunday Mass – 10 January, 9:30am

  The Church of St Gregory, Żejtun

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Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things.
I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart… Read more »

The Church decision on Komunità Ġesù Salvatur

Statement by the Maltese Episcopal Conference

The Archdiocese of Malta and the Diocese of Gozo reaffirm the decision to disassociate themselves from Komunità Ġesù Salvatur. This follows the work carried out by a Church commission which heard the experiences of all those who offered to meet up with the commission, including the leaders of the Community. The Church commission was led by Mgr Hector Scerri, theologian and President of the Doctrinal Commission within the Maltese Episcopal Conference… Read more »

New issue of Melita Theologica

Rev. Dr Martin Micallef, editor of Melita Theologica, is pleased to inform that Issue 70.2 of the peer-reviewed journal has just been published. Featuring in this issue are five contributions on the development of the term ‘quċċija’, the episcopate and pastoral letters of Archbishop Mauro Caruana, the role of the school and the parish in the education for the faith in children, the first three verses of the Book of Revelation, and the interplay between footnotes and endnotes… Read more »