“REDISCOVER YOUR MUTUAL TRUST”

Noel Muscat OFM POPE FRANCIS TO THE FRANCISCANS: “REDISCOVER YOUR MUTUAL TRUST” The newly elected Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, Fr. Michael Perry, together with the members of the General Chapter of the Order taking place in Assisi on the … Read More…

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ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALISM: WHO IS TO BLAME?

Noel Muscat ofm During these last months we have been invaded by news of wars and terrorist acts occurring in Syria and Iraq, perpetrated by extremist Islamic elements calling themselves ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or ISIS (Islamic State of … Read More…

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AN AGING POPE TO AN AGING CONTINENT

Noel Muscat ofm On 25 November Pope Francis addressed the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. His speech was well prepared and touched upon the main issues facing the European Union at this point in time. He expressed his deep … Read More…

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FREEDOM OR SLAVERY? NO WINNERS AND NO LOSERS

Noel Muscat OFM The world is still reeling from shock and consternation after the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris on 7 January. Yet again Islamic fundamentalism is bent on showing the world that it will never tolerate any kind … Read More…

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WAS POPE BENEDICT XVI RIGHT, AFTER ALL?

Noel Muscat OFM Remember the lecture that Pope Benedict XVI gave to intellectuals and researchers of the University of Regensberg, Germany, on 12 September 2006? The words of Benedict XVI, quoted out of their context, inflamed extremist elements in the Muslim world to … Read More…

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WELCOME POPE FRANCIS….GOODBYE POPE FRANCIS

Noel Muscat OFM After months of preparation, at long last, your visit to the Holy Land will become a reality. You will come as a pilgrim of peace. You will come to repeat the gesture of your holy predecessor, Pope Paul VI, way … Read More…

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NEW WINE IN OLD WINESKINS?

Noel Muscat OFM The final document of the Plenary Council of the Franciscan Order, held in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland (17-30 November 2013) has been published with the title “New Wine in New Wineskins”, a reference to Mt 9:17. It contains various insights regarding the … Read More…

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Giving everyone his due

A few days ago Fr. Benjamin Galea OFM passed away. We heard in the news that he was the founder of Portiuncola Retreat House in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq. I am writing for the sake of fairness and giving everyone his due.

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DELIGITIMISING THE CHURCH

Noel Muscat ofm It is 10.30 pm in Jerusalem on Thursday 28 February 2013. Like many Catholics I have spent time watching the last moments of the pontificate of Benedict XVI. At 8 pm this evening, Rome time, he ceased to be Pope.

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YOU CAN INSULT GOD BUT NOT THE POLICE

Noel Muscat ofm As from 28 November 2012 the Dutch parliament has decided to scrap an “outmoded and irrelevant” legislation of the 1930s, by which it was a crime to insult God through blasphemy. The funny thing is that a similar law prohibiting … Read More…

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