• Rooted silence

    Jean Claude Attard

    Shusako Endo’s Silence, now a major film by Martin Scorsese, is about heroes and cowards, about joy and despair, and about believing and doubting, but who is who and what is what is unendingly subtle. This film is the story of two young Portuguese Jesuit priests as they attempt to ...

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  • “Għid żarbun mhux ‘shosie’”

    L-Għaqda tal-Malti – Università

    Ikolli nammetti li, anke jekk mhux il-ħin kollu, noqgħod attenta ħafna għal-lingwaġġ użat mit-tfal. Kull kelma li tingħad, hemm storja warajha. Iżda l-mistoqsija li dejjem tkun qed tberren f’moħħi hi, it-tfal huma verament konxji tal-kliem li qed jużaw? Meta nisma’ lil xi tifla tuża kelma flok oħra jew verb ikkonjugat ...

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  • Humanity at the Crossroads

    Pietre Vive Malta

    Reflection on “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymous Bosch (c. 1500) “For he spake and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast”. So does Hieronymous Bosch introduce us to this most stunning Triptych, which we now call “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. On the exterior shutters, the ...

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  • Seeking Hope, Part 2

    Fr Jimmy Bonnici

    Beyond the establishment and anti-establishment Analysis of recent political trends reveals that there is a dissatisfaction with the “establishment” that is entrenched in its self-serving policies and not listening to the aspirations of the people. In this context, to portray oneself as “anti-establisment” can also become trendy. Yet, does this ...

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  • Diversità

    Wayne Farrugia

    Jekk timraħ f’dak li hu preżenti fi żmienna, tintebaħ kemm hawn aljenazzjonijiet. Il-kunċett ta’ aljenazzjoni kif muri fil-qasam soċjoloġiku permezz ta’ teoriji klassiċi kif ukoll kontemporanji, jirreferi għal tip ta’ kundizzjoni fir-relazzjonijiet soċjali waqt li tirrifletti grad baxx fl-integrazzjoni u grad għoli t’iżolazzjoni bejn l-individwi. Skont it-teorija Marxista l-aljenazzjoni titfaċċa ...

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  • Seeking Hope, Part 1

    Fr Jimmy Bonnici

    According to the Washington Post, Clinton and Trump raised slightly more than 2 billion dollars for their campaign for Presidency. The Seminary in Malta – crowdfunded from parishes – gets an average of €120,000 for the entire year. So it might sound stupid to explore how to prepare young people ...

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  • Desiring Difference

    Pyt Farrugia

    It seems to me that the human struggle to make sense of desire, both conscious and unconscious, is universal. After all, we are created in this way – we are in need of one another, irrespective of our cultural background, gender identity, sexual orientation, or systems of belief. It is ...

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  • Sacredlessness

    Jean Claude Attard

    Making sense of 2016 might be a tricky endeavour. Our anxieties about clothing this past year, however, offer a glimpse of what we have been through, and perhaps even more significantly, why. This comes as no surprise. Fashions mirror values, they are a reliable barometer of change, and whatever trend ...

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  • To Life and Good Health, Part 2

    Benjamin Portelli

    In my last post, I concluded with the suggestion that Malta has had the benefit of hindsight and vicarious learning when it came to the application of certain policies and changes to culture, and that through observing the progress of other countries before jumping on any bandwagon, it was able ...

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  • Male and female he created them… and whoops!

    Mario Gerada

    One of the quotes frequently used when discussing gender and sexual orientation matters – which always includes a discussion about unions and marriage, is the first creation narrative, often quoted very solemnly, “… male and female he created them…”, and for those who believe, this is a serious and foundational ...

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