What it means to be both Maltese and European

Dr Alfred Sant

​Fuelled by globalisation and what is partly its by-product, immigration, identity issues have again become prominent in political and social debate. They have always been close to the surface of public affairs in Europe, a continental space which in human terms, developed par excellence as a conglomerate of different, if frequently related, tribal – national if you like – societies. ​​Over the centuries, the relationships ...

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And the Oscar goes to…

Christine Galea

This weekend, movie fans witnessed the biggest error in the history of the Oscars, when the musical film, ‘La La Land’ was mistakenly announced as the best-picture, instead of the actual winner, the coming-of-age drama ‘Moonlight’.   In fact, the producers of the musical were already deep into their victory speeches when it became quite evident that something was wrong. This mistake was quite devastating for ...

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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

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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