• 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 ...

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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 ...

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  • “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Martin Bruno

     “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt Though often ignored, the fear of the unknown is real: affecting us individually and collectively, it frequently camouflages anticipated enforced barriers, whilst conditioning self-understanding and generally inhabiting social interaction. As our society is subjected to ethnic ...

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  • Reforming Education?

    Andre Debattista

    The debate at the start of the scholastic / academic year often focusses on several recurrent themes. For those in primary and secondary school, the issues may centre on the cost of books and uniforms, the amount of homework handed out and the various ways parents can support their children. ...

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  • Dialogue on zuntier: beyond “beliefs”

    Nadia Delicata

    It’s been almost a year since I was invited to enter and participate in this space called zuntier. I accepted the invitation because it promised to allow for “encounter”… indeed for that elusive reality of authentic exchange called “dialogue”. I also believed it was significant that the welcoming space was ...

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  • HYS! – The Inauguration Mass question

    Gavin Muscat

    Prior to 2012 the university’s yearly academic opening ceremony held at the Sir Temi Zammit Hall included a Mass. Last year however the Mass was celebrated at the University Campus Chapel after the events in the Hall had taken place. A petition has been started in support of the re-inclusion ...

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  • The joy of wasting time

    Nadia Delicata

    A favourite cliché among churchgoers and non-churchgoers alike (and yes, since I use the word “church” I am primarily referring to Christians… though I suspect, brothers and sisters of other religious traditions might very well empathize!) is that the Sunday mass, service, liturgy or otherwise can be… ahem… a “waste ...

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  • Mums and Dad: 3 parent babies

    Rosienne Farrugia

    In June the United Kingdom took the first step towards drafting the legislation, to be discussed in parliament, to approve the testing of an IVF procedure which creates what are colloquially being called ‘3 parent babies’. I agonised over writing that first sentence because having read the comments on most ...

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  • Lumen Fidei and Nietzsche

    Pyt Farrugia

    With exams over and summer days stretching ahead of me, I’ve been eager to explore Pope Francis’ first encyclical Lumen Fidei. Drafted by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, it’s a rare and special thing to have a work created by two popes and coinciding with the announcement of the canonization of ...

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