First Time Voters


Throughout the last few months, a constant barrage of political material has dominated the local arena. Even though this phenomenon takes place every five years in what has become part of an unavoidable campaign to influence voters, political messages have taken an entirely new dimension this year, with online political adverts becoming the order of the day besides the traditional billboard on every street, political ...

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Getting what We Deserve

Rosienne Farrugia

We’re two thirds of the way through an electoral campaign and everyone everywhere is constantly talking about elections. So much so, that most people (I mean everyone but I am acknowledging that there are exceptions to every rule), are sick to death of hearing about elections. I am guessing that most of those following this blog fit into this category. But thinking about elections made ...

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Ratzinger’s Lesson to our Politicians

Nadia Delicata

The news of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation sent shock waves on- and offline. In general, the world was awed at the humility of the man who dared to acknowledge personal frailty and poverty of body and mind brought about by the natural processes of old age. In a culture embarrassed by weakness, afraid of physical frailty and obsessed with reversing the consequences of time on ...

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Some Catholic Circles look down on Eros

Mgr Charles J. Scicluna

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual persons are called to the love of chaste friendship. They are called to the union of friendship. They are not called to the union of marriage because marriage is not simply any union between any two persons. Marriage is the permanent union between one man and one woman who are called to become one flesh in the mutual gift ...

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D-Day: 9th March 2013

David Cilia

Elections should be a natural democratic process in a free society where citizens, affiliatively organized in political parties, compete with alternative programs of government to attract the approval of the majority of their fellow citizens. In a highly polarized, practically bi-partisan, society as ours, election day has become D-Day.  Nerves are high, parties are at each other’s neck, and the grassroots are mobilized.  Each hour ...

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The remarkable papacy of Benedict XVI

Andre Debattista

Right from the start he was labelled as arch-conservative and inflexible; in the words of one tabloid, “God’s Rottweiler.” The announcement of Pope Benedict’s abdication from the See of Rome took everyone by surprise. Throughout his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI provoked different reactions. His detractors often engaged in vitriolic tirades which sought to denigrate, rather than engage, with the Pontiff. These diatribes, when not a summary ...

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Nothing is so like God as Silence

Christian Colombo

It’s been years now since I could be considered a practicing Christian. So you can imagine my surprise when I was asked to contribute to Admittedly, I had never heard of the website but I was impressed by both its presentation and the idea of dialogue it promotes. Having an insider and an outsider’s point of view of the Church, I accepted the invitation ...

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What Ratzinger Did

Anton D'Amato

Upon hearing the news I was at first speechless and had to frenetically scroll through my tablet, while sitting at a canteen table, from one news website to another to confirm whether this was a joke (I realized that it was not April’s Fool and that the Vatican is not used to such jokes either). Within a couple of minutes I realised it was true; the ...

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Abandoning Carnival Masks for St. Valentine’s

Antoinette Laferla

This year St Valentine’s Day is being celebrated exactly two days after Carnival – this made me think… Are we leaving our masks on when we say we love each other? Are we just fooling about when we talk about love? Have we truly forgotten the meaning of love altogether and consider it as a synonym of sex? Let me start with issues which I ...

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A Mature Approach to the Upcoming Elections


For many of us youths, this shall be our first experience of casting our opinion, thus helping determine the future of our nation. Without the inevitable drama and appearance contest, such a feat already seems huge; add the two completely different directions our parties are proposing, and you’ll soon find yourself begging to be spared from this trauma. Yet, voting is a duty as well ...

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