LGBT Agenda is Setting the Tone!

David Cilia

I would have preferred the editorial team of to choose a less controversial theme for the first month of the year.   Nonetheless, this would probably be an issue in the upcoming general elections and so it is likely to be discussed in the public square very soon. From the outset, I would like to state that I appreciate the fact that LGBT Malta is ...

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(Ir)relevant Talk and Homophobia

Anton D'Amato

Words and images will for the following weeks acquire greater importance as we officially enter into an electoral campaign where the battle of the billboards, of slogans and perceptions will reign high for eight weeks non-stop. Politicians and parties will be constantly attentive to speak the right words and showing the best images in order to convince and persuade. Speech is not just important for ...

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Of ghouls, squash and (wo)men in red

Nadia Delicata

Among the less-celebrated joys of living in the Great White North is the predictability of the yearly calendar. Humid lazy summers lull you into sipping white wine while enjoying long barbecues with friends. Likewise, the frigid, desolate, hibernating winters make you seek the pleasures of hot cocoa while curled up with a good book or, better still, the company of good friends. Yet in between ...

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Is Hannukka the Jewish “Christmas”?


The Hebrew word ‘Hanukkah’ literally means ‘dedication’ and its story takes us back to the events of the 2nd century BCE as described in the deuterocanonical books of 1 and 2 Maccabees. The eight-day festival begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev, which normally falls somewhere in December in the Gregorian calendar. The background to the major events celebrated at Hanukkah ...

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Do They Know it’s Christmas in Connecticut?

Pyt Farrugia

Advent days are short, with the steady approach of midwinter bringing darkness and a diminution of light. And yet in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Connecticut, USA we need illumination now more than ever – a means of discerning the traces of God’s activity in our lives. People who claim that faith is a crutch, and see themselves justified in those remarks (by ...

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Life is a Journey not a Destination…

Nigel Camilleri

Upon pausing for a moment and looking back at what inspired me into entering into my profession I realise it was a journey which started long before I was even conscious of it. It was a journey which, over many years and after experiences of volunteering in different countries got me asking questions about life. Starting at the age of 19, I was given the ...

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Tolkien and Eucatastrophe: Towards Our True Port of Call

Justin Schembri OP

“Myth has always involved ways of telling stories that had special significance.  Myths change history into significant history.”  This is the power of literature: from birth to death, from damnation to salvation, our lives are full with meaningful stories.  “Philosophy and literature, therefore, belong together. They can work like the two lenses of a pair of binoculars. Philosophy argues abstractly. Literature argues too – it ...

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Faith or Brainwashing? Questioning Belief

Rosienne Farrugia

This month I have decided to go off on a tangent. But then, this is a blog so I guess going off at a tangent is acceptable. Last month I attended a talk at the University Chaplaincy entitled ‘Faith and Reason’ given by Fr Rene Camilleri. It was a very informal talk, just the type I like, with a number of people sitting casually around ...

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Immortality: a Question of Reason and Faith

Jake Mamo

“Immortality! Take it! It’s yours!” These are the words pronounced by Achilles in the Iliad of Homer. The poem colourfully depicts the struggle of these men to attain immortality through glory in battle. Almost three thousand years later, a couple decides to be deep-freezed immediately after their death in order to be ‘resurrected’ should technology or science provide a solution in the future. Whilst the ...

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A Church in transition: a challenge to leadership?

David Cilia

The divorce referendum and the reactions to the pastoral letter on IVF have clearly revealed unease within the leadership of the Maltese Church to adapt to changes in society.  The Bishops were only reiterating Catholic teaching that is proclaimed the world over, so why did the message create so much distance from the Maltese faithful? Reality is that our society is undergoing rapid cultural change.  ...

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