• The joy of wasting time

    Nadia Delicata

    A favourite cliché among churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike (and yes, since I use the word “church” I am primarily referring to Christians… though I suspect, brothers and sisters of other religious traditions might very well empathize!) is that the Sunday mass, service, liturgy or otherwise can be… ahem… a “waste ...

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  • Mums and Dad: 3 parent babies

    Rosienne Farrugia

    In June the United Kingdom took the first step towards drafting the legislation, to be discussed in parliament, to approve the testing of an IVF procedure which creates what are colloquially being called ‘3 parent babies’. I agonised over writing that first sentence because having read the comments on most ...

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  • HYS! – The plight of refugees

    Dr Mark Said

    Imagine you were an irregular or illegal immigrant. Millions of families have lost their homes because of violence and warfare. Just a single refugee family, shelterless, is, for some, too much to bear. What would you do if general warfare or regional strife were to endanger the lives of your ...

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  • A Religious Overdose

    Christian Colombo

    It is well known that extremist religious groups recruit their members at a very young age. Take the Taliban for example or the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka. The possibilities of an impressionable young adult are enormous! It is thus not really surprising to hear of young suicide bombers or ...

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  • Sunday service for atheists

    David Cilia

    The AHA, as the American Humanist Association is generally referred to, is a very active and belligerent association by way of advocating its beliefs.  For instance, it was reported that: On July 17, 2013, the AHA managed to block a war memorial in California since it had a cross depicted ...

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  • 80 youngsters creating a ‘mess’ in Malta

    Anton D'Amato

    Bishops are to expect a great ‘mess’ following the pope’s message to youths during the WYD. Of all that has been said about the WYD, I found really strange the hope of Pope Francis that youths are to go back to their dioceses and make a ‘mess’. In his own ...

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  • A world with no faith

    zuntiermagazine

    A number of individuals believe religion is a moral evil and a destructive force to be shunned. They propose that a world with no faith in God would be a better place since this belief defies logic and reason. These arguments are not novel. Some public intellectuals have added their ...

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  • Church after Rio

    Nadia Delicata

    In 1997, at the Journées mondiales de la jeunesse (JMJ) Paris, I had my first experience of “world church” and the world hasn’t seemed the same since. Unlike most at Rio 2013, I admit mine was not exactly a typical experience of pilgrimage. Instead, as delegate of an international youth ...

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