Malta’s EU Presidency – a few reflections

Dr Lawrence Gonzi

Malta’s EU Presidency is taking place during a defining moment for all of us. It is happening at a time when we are surrounded by political turmoil and uncertainty which is questioning most of our long standing values chief amongst which are our belief in the dignity of the human person, the sanctity of life, the common good, solidarity towards those who are the weakest ...

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Freeing Expression

Pyt Farrugia

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” Abraham Lincoln, writing those words to Henry Pierce, articulated the basic fact that democracy cannot successfully function, let alone thrive and flourish, without freedom of expression. Democracy is more than a system of elections. Rather, our democratic republic supplies a perspective from which the ...

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In-Nisrani u l-Kultura

Fr Nicholas Cachia

“Fid-dinja imma mhux tad-dinja.” Hekk qal Ġesù dwar id-dixxipli tiegħu fit-talba lill-Missier qabel ma bata għalina. F’dokument tat-tieni seklu tal-Knisja, imsejjaħ Ittra lil Djonjetu, naqraw: “L-insara ma għandhomx x’jagħżilhom mill-bqija tal-bnedmin, la l-pajjiż, la l-ilsien, u lanqas drawwiet speċjali… Ħajjithom hi fuq l-art, iżda belthom is-sema.” Ġesù jsejjaħ ukoll lid-dixxipli tiegħu biex ikunu “melħ tal-art u dawl tad-dinja” u, mill-ġdid, fl-Ittra lil Djonjetu naqraw li ...

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Esperjenza fiż-ŻAK

Maria Zammit

Iż-ŻAK (Żgħażagħ Azzjoni Kattolika) għalija ma tfissirx biss organizzazzjoni li tieħu ħsieb l-formazzjoni taż-żgħażagħ iżda tfisser: familja. Ilni membru f’din l-għaqda madwar 10 snin. Wara ftit li bdejt nattendi l-laqgħat ta’ formazzjoni, bdejt ukoll immexxi grupp ta’ żgħażagħ flimkien ma’ leaders oħra permezz tat-taħriġ offrut mill-istess għaqda. Tajt u għadni nagħti sehmi f’ħafna attivitajiet: b’mod lokali fil-laqgħat ta’ kull ġimgħa u sensiela ta’ exchanges ma’ ...

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Riflessjonijiet fuq il-Maltin f’Jum San Valentin

L-Għaqda tal-Malti – Università

Riflessjonijiet fuq identitajiet Maltin (b’naqra mħabba għal Jum San Valentin) Spiss naħsbu fl-identità bħala xi ħaġa immutabbli, fissa sa minn żmien żemżem u daqshekk. B’danakollu, din l-ewwel sentenza diġà tisfida dan il-kunċett t’identità billi tinqeda bi kliem ta’ nisel differenti. Din ix-xhieda ta’ taħlit lingwistiku hi sintomatika ta’ taħlit fl-identità Maltija, li bħal identitajiet oħra żgur li mhix pura. Lingwa li ma taqdiniex Ironikament, l-għodda ...

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The Fight between Carnival and Lent

Pietre Vive Malta

As the days roll by, the Carnival vibes seem ever closer and alongside this, so does the kaleidoscopic reality it presents. Pieter Bruegel takes this celebration as a starting point for the chaotic scene depicted in ‘The Fight between Carnival and Lent’, and evokes a contrast between the former and latter stipulated periods. Although both recognised times in the religious calendar, the way they are ...

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The Silence of God

Fr Gilbert Scicluna

After reading the article about the Scorsese’s movie based on the novel Silence by Shusaku Endo, and being stuck at home after a traffic accident, I decided to read the novel. Although probably it was not the best of ideas when trying to recover from a shock, the novel made me reflect on a fundamental question of faith. Initially, I was wondering why the author ...

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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 bring hope to the few remaining Christians in Japan and to bring to an end ...

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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 ħażin, mill-ewwel nikkoreġiha u nistaqsiha tirrepeti l-kelma b’mod korrett. Ħafna drabi, it-tifla tirrepeti warajja l-kelma ...

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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 Earth on its third day of creation is presented – pristine, sacred, almost deceiving the ...

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