Desiring Difference

Pyt Farrugia

It seems to me that the human struggle to make sense of desire, both conscious and unconscious, is universal. After all, we are created in this way – we are in need of one another, irrespective of our cultural background, gender identity, sexual orientation, or systems of belief. It is also here that we hurt and harm each other the most. The place of our ...

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Sacredlessness

Jean Claude Attard

Making sense of 2016 might be a tricky endeavour. Our anxieties about clothing this past year, however, offer a glimpse of what we have been through, and perhaps even more significantly, why. This comes as no surprise. Fashions mirror values, they are a reliable barometer of change, and whatever trend we attempt to prohibit, more often rather than not, hides a far deeper fear. A ...

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To Life and Good Health, Part 2

Benjamin Portelli

In my last post, I concluded with the suggestion that Malta has had the benefit of hindsight and vicarious learning when it came to the application of certain policies and changes to culture, and that through observing the progress of other countries before jumping on any bandwagon, it was able to inform prudent decisions. One such issue was recently brought into the spotlight by the ...

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Male and female he created them… and whoops!

Mario Gerada

One of the quotes frequently used when discussing gender and sexual orientation matters – which always includes a discussion about unions and marriage, is the first creation narrative, often quoted very solemnly, “… male and female he created them…”, and for those who believe, this is a serious and foundational text, revered as sacred. Personally, when confronted with this quote, I am not annoyed at ...

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To Life and Good Health, Part 1

Benjamin Portelli

There is a peaceful little church in Rabat that’s commonly known as Tas-Saħħa, though it has two dedications, one as a Church of St Francis, and the other as a Sanctuary of Our Lady of Good Health. I had the good fortune of being shown around the church by Fr Eugene Teuma, a friar there, who mentioned that the current church is built on top ...

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‘Should I take the Pill the “morning after”?’ Some considerations

Nadia Delicata

It has finally arrived. Neofarma Pharmaceuticals, the undisputed winner in the much hotly debated question of whether emergency contraceptives should be available in local pharmacies or not, has announced that “the long-awaited morning-after pill” is now available over-the-counter, that is, without medical prescription, for women of child-bearing age. As of December 14 2016, Neofarma Pharmaceuticals is distributing in local pharmacies an ulipristal acetate emergency contraceptive, ...

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Keep Going

Martina-Anne Attard

‘Life is too short.’ I did not believe this until I got chance to participate in an exchange programme at Malmö University. Travelling poses different challenges. Thinking that I have to go back home, whilst knowing the fact that things did not really turn out the way I planned them or wanted them to be, made me realize that life is really short and time ...

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“L-Għaġeb”

Jean Claude Attard

L-Għaġeb is a popular figurine, traditionally made of clay, in Maltese Christmas cribs. Most of the time this is a figure of ridicule; he is the freak, the fussy person, the exaggerator, the one who makes a mountain out of a molehill. L-Għaġeb is also the one, however, who expresses wonder, who lets himself be surprised and astonished by what is going on around him. ...

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Would you come over to town?

agara

“You better watch out… Santa Claus is coming to town…” Well that’s what Michael Buble’ sings in the world reknown Christmas song, but I keep asking… would you, the reader, come over to town? To be more precise, would you come over to Dar Papa Franġisku and help out in the PoléPolé project which is being launched… today? Each one of us is so busy ...

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Love was Born at Christmas

Pyt Farrugia

One of the things I appreciate most about the Christian faith is the special way it encourages us to understand holiness. Other traditions of faith, which very closely associate the idea of holiness with that of purity, have a tendency to maintain the strictest separation between that which is holy and unholy. In this way of thinking, the unclean thing renders the clean thing dirty; ...

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