• ‘Should I take the Pill the “morning after”?’ Some considerations

    Nadia Delicata

    It has finally arrived. Neofarma Pharmaceuticals, the undisputed winner in the much hotly debated question of whether emergency contraceptives should be available in local pharmacies or not, has announced that “the long-awaited morning-after pill” is now available over-the-counter, that is, without medical prescription, for women of child-bearing age. As of ...

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  • Keep Going

    Martina-Anne Attard

    ‘Life is too short.’ I did not believe this until I got chance to participate in an exchange programme at Malmö University. Travelling poses different challenges. Thinking that I have to go back home, whilst knowing the fact that things did not really turn out the way I planned them ...

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  • “L-Għaġeb”

    Jean Claude Attard

    L-Għaġeb is a popular figurine, traditionally made of clay, in Maltese Christmas cribs. Most of the time this is a figure of ridicule; he is the freak, the fussy person, the exaggerator, the one who makes a mountain out of a molehill. L-Għaġeb is also the one, however, who expresses ...

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  • Would you come over to town?


    “You better watch out… Santa Claus is coming to town…” Well that’s what Michael Buble’ sings in the world reknown Christmas song, but I keep asking… would you, the reader, come over to town? To be more precise, would you come over to Dar Papa Franġisku and help out in ...

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  • Love was Born at Christmas

    Pyt Farrugia

    One of the things I appreciate most about the Christian faith is the special way it encourages us to understand holiness. Other traditions of faith, which very closely associate the idea of holiness with that of purity, have a tendency to maintain the strictest separation between that which is holy ...

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  • G-d, exile and other (complicated) relationships

    Mario Gerada

    The first creation narrative the book of Genesis offers us is a very pretty story, yet one creation narrative was not enough for Scripture. While the first story is very beautiful, it is in the second narrative that we read about loneliness, conflict, manipulation, temptation and relationship tensions between the ...

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  • The Challenge of Change

    Pietre Vive Malta

    “Change…is it a postive thing?” “Does it make life inconsistent or more fulfilling?” “How should I embrace change?” These are questions that I frequently find myself struggling with. And I guess, these are the questions which essentially attracted me to Guido Reni’s painting of The Adoration of the Shepherds. In ...

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  • Eternal Champions

    Bernard Micallef

    The recent tragedy of the Chapecoense football team made me think about all the hard work and sacrifices that we do. Here we had a number of people joined together by this dream – to be the champions of the Copa Sudamericana (the equivalent to Europe’s Europa League). We had ...

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  • The Orange Man and Environmental Policy

    John Paul Cauchi

    And so it has happened. The Unites States has elected Donald Trump, a wild card for American politics, as its leader for the next four years. Cue silent agonising screams of the heart. I will not go into his statements and scandals – there are tomes to write about that. ...

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  • The dark side of voluntary work

    Maria Vella

    Many correlate voluntary work with the cliché romantic idea of going to Africa or Asia to help poor children for a month; maybe taking as many photos you can possibly take and post them all over the social media with the idea of bringing social awareness of another reality present ...

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