Peter & Paul!

David Cilia

The Church was born from Christ’s mandate to the apostles to go and teach all men and baptise them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  The Lord was acting through the apostles and will remain with the Church till the end of times (Mt 28, 19-20).  As we celebrate the Feast of St Peter and St Paul ...

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Why drugs?

Nigel Camilleri

Drugs, a topic which always raises eyebrows, gets people listening, rouses curiosity and which most often leads to people having a strong opinion about. What do we think the reasons for this may be? In Malta, in 1995, 2% admitted to the use of illicit drugs, in 1999 this rose to 8% and in 2003 it rose further to 11% admitting they had used illicit ...

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While reading the Sunday magazines

Silence Dogood

Whoever buys the newspaper on Sunday knows about the numerous magazines generously presented with the newspaper. Of all these, lately the Sunday Circle caught my eye. Usually I leave it on my desk and remains their till Monday when it ends up thrown away for recycling. I really loathe the fact that I am being given a magazine full of adverts dictating every area of ...

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Waste = Consumption – Enjoyment

Christian Colombo

Each time I have to take out the garbage bag I realize how much we consume… and waste! Early on in life we are repeatedly told that it is wrong to waste: “See the poor children on TV starving to death while you are wasting food?” We start feeling guilty when we consume, and even more so when we are not able to consume all ...

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Who is the refugee in Malta

Anton Falzon

Today is World Refugee Day and this made me ask myself who is a refugee and who are the refugees we are asked to remember on this day. Unfortunately certain people still pass certain comments such as ‘another boat full of those people has arrived!’, ‘Why don’t they find another place to live?.. they should go back to their country!’ Such a paradox! If they ...

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A Question of Life or Death

Charlo Camilleri

It is perhaps because I am a Carmelite, although I think there’s more to it than in just being one of the “sons of the Prophet”! Whatever the reason, the stories of Elijah in the first Book of Kings always leave a deep impact on me. For this tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time the first reading was taken from the story of Elijah and the ...

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Putting saints on pedestals

Bernard Micallef

Lately I attended a public lecture on faith and at one point an intervention from the audience questioned the importance given to saints, especially in the way Catholics seem to worship them.  The argument went around the 50th anniversary of the coronation of St. Joseph and about how can anyone coronate someone other than Jesus Christ, our God and Saviour.  For a second this made ...

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A more solid framework against child labour

Helen D'Amato

Child labour is wrong because it has the potential to disrupt a child’s education, and can bring great physical and psychological harm to the child. Such is described in Article 32 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which warns against this and which provides the basis for national legislation against child labour. Taking Malta as an example, the country’s legislation makes the ...

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Hackers aid to Turkey

Matthew Pulis

Entering the second week of unrest in Turkey, hackers have decided to put their finger in the pie too. Following unconfirmed reports that the Government in Turkey has blocked access to Facebook and Twitter amid the unrest over a development demolition has urged some hackers to retaliate. To add further the insult to injury, last Wednesday 24 bloggers were tracked down by Turkish Police officers ...

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Atheists won’t go to Hell

Anton D'Amato

For some this was considered as good news but for others this was quite an obvious statement and almost an irrelevant one. From an atheist point of view, considering that atheists believe in neither heaven nor hell, the last option should have applied. Being irrelevant might as well it be ignored. As in the case of most statement Pope Francis makes, even this one has ...

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