• On models of “everyday holiness”

    Nadia Delicata

    In one weekend, when the Church celebrated its great feast of Pentecost, two men who had long inspired me passed on to eternal life. Fr. Arthur Vella, S.J., who rested in peace on Pentecost Sunday, requires little introduction in Malta. He was a Jesuit priest and a man of great ...

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  • The Paradox of being Pope, Bishop and Church

    Nadia Delicata

    In one of his rare moments of theological speculation, the media guru Marshall McLuhan is reputed to have said that if there were only two Catholics left in the world, one of them would have to be Pope. McLuhan, a convert to Catholicism, but who was resolute that when it ...

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  • Journeying in in-betweenness

    Nadia Delicata

    Before time itself got so compressed that life became fleeting, the New Year meant a list of life-changing resolutions. Whether our promises to ourselves were big or small, what was significant was the effort we made to take stock of our lives in the resolute belief that we could do ...

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  • Dare we rise to the occasion?

    Nadia Delicata

    Today, almost three weeks after her brutal murder, Daphne Caruana Galizia will be laid to rest. In what must have been the most excruciating grieving process for her loved ones, they can finally start mourning as their wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend is returned to the ground with dignity, ...

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  • ‘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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  • Pope Francis: the “media darling” a year later

    Nadia Delicata

    A year ago, based on my first impressions of Cardinal Bergoglio, I had predicted that the new Pontiff would be a Pope for the social networks. Twelve months later, my predictions have not only been confirmed, but radically exceeded, since not only has Pope Francis proved to be a shrewd ...

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  • “Printing” happiness

    Nadia Delicata

    The Consumer Electronics Association’s yearly expo recently unveiled the latest and wackiest in wearables, smart technology (all creating the infamous “internet of things”) and the craze sweeping the mainstream gadget market, 3D printing. Among the most intriguing new 3D printers were those that created not mere “things” but… food. (CES 2014) 3DSystems launched ...

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  • School Reunion

    Nadia Delicata

    For days I deliberated whether to go or not. But in my heart of hearts I knew I would not miss it for the world. Twenty years later, I would re-visit my old school, meet my old classmates, re-live a key milestone of our teenage years: the school leaving bash. ...

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  • What does it mean to be “Maltese” anyway?

    Nadia Delicata

    The whole individual investor programme controversy—or if one chooses to call a spade a spade, the easy selling of our Maltese citizenship and EU passport—has made me rack my brains trying to answer precisely the above question.  As a dual-citizen, the question for me personally is even more tortuous. I ...

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  • The Season to be Jolly

    Nadia Delicata

    I might be cynical, but as I drive around and notice flickering Christmas lights in this most magical of seasons, “jolly” is not exactly the feeling that seems to permeate the air. As a child, I remember Maltese streets decorated shabbily, if at all. In contrast, the windows and balconies ...

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