• Some things I hate and others I like about Easter

    Christian Colombo

    Once, a boy was standing in front of his father’s new car. The idea of slipping into the car and driving it was tentalising. In no time he got into the driver’s seat and was marvelling at the steering wheel, switches, pedals, levers. A few seconds later he found himself ...

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  • Chastity is not Lack of Sexuality

    Antoinette Laferla

    Chastity brings to mind the word purity.  However, if one asks about the connection between chastity and sexuality, there might be puzzled looks around.  Is it possible to live chastity in marriage?  Now that is a puzzler!  This enigma is present only because of lack of proper understanding of what ...

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  • Franciscus

    Leonard Mintoff

    We have a new bishop of Rome, or rather the Romans have a new bishop, the rest of us have a new Pope. The bishop that leads the Universal Church in Charity chose Francis as his name, after the great Saint of the poor, lover of nature.  Imagination has started ...

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  • Re-Evangelising Malta

    Pyt Farrugia

    Maltese society needs intelligent evangelisation. To many people it’s become a sad cliche – a disruptive knock at the door and a list of platitudes addressed like some kind of sales pitch by wild eyed strangers. It’s a pamphlet delivered along with shopping catalogues and marketing dross, an all too ...

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  • Just Question Marks

    Martin Gauci

    EVERY BREATH WE TAKE, EVERY MOVE WE MAKE seem to finish with “?“ It seems to have been so since time immemorial. (TO QUESTION might be a motto engraved in every step covering our university campus.  But many seem to thread over it without realising it.) One great-grandfather asked:  How am I going to ...

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  • A Pope for the Social Network

    Nadia Delicata

    Together with millions around the world, I rushed to the most nearby screen as the two words flooded social media: white smoke! Together with millions I waited anxiously to get a first glimpse at the face of the Catholic Church for today and the years to come. Together with millions, ...

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  • The Case for Water Diplomacy

    Andre Debattista

    Some international relations analysts predict that water is set to become the “next oil.” Ismail Serageldin, a distinguished scholar in the field of sustainability and development, predicts that future wars “will be over water unless we change the way we manage water.” Others dissent from this somewhat apocalyptic view. Notwithstanding ...

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  • Limiting water usage

    Y4TE

    Water scarcity is one of the major problems facing a modern society with dwindling supplies of fresh water and an ever increasing population. Therefore the question of limiting consumption per capita may arise amongst those in power. The importance of conservation of this precious resource is gaining momentum and there ...

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  • Not all Water usage is a Right

    Greenhouse

    We live in a culture which takes and never gives back and it is time to change that. Water is a communal resource. Malta is one of the driest countries in the world with around 600mm of rainfall a year and so water is a very precious resource for us, ...

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  • The Pope of many Firsts

    Andre Debattista

    His namesake, Francis of Assisi, is often attributed with coining the famous aphorism: “preach the Gospel, use words if necessary.” During his first appearance from the loggia overlooking St Peter’s Square Pope Francis gave a living catechises on the centrality of prayer in the life of the faithful. Before imparting ...

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