• 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 ...

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  • Pope Francis: the “media darling” a year later

    Nadia Delicata

    A year ago, based on my first impressions of Cardinal Bergoglio, I had predicted that the new Pontiff would be a Pope for the social networks. Twelve months later, my predictions have not only been confirmed, but radically exceeded, since not only has Pope Francis proved to be a shrewd ...

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  • In praise of poverty (1): Poverty as a chosen lifestyle

    Robert Falzon

    There are many aspects to poverty. Of course what usually comes to mind when we hear the word ‘poverty’ is usually something negative and undesirable. We tend to immediately associate poverty with lack of human dignity and injustice. No doubt that these are realities in the world and there’s no ...

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  • 100,000 echoes for peace in Syria

    Anton D'Amato

    The call for peace by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square echoed in silence last Saturday. It was, and still is, a heart felt cry shouted by all humanity and which echoes in favour of victims. It was a call which has been echoing in St. Peter’s square since the ...

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  • The need to read, and the right to write!

    Martin Bugelli

    What is man’s greatest discovery or invention? Twelve people in a room trying to answer this question would probably come up with no less than thirteen answers – fire, the wheel, electricity, television, the internal combustion engine, penicillin would be some ideas touted, with so many others, that agreement on ...

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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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  • A Religious Overdose

    Christian Colombo

    It is well known that extremist religious groups recruit their members at a very young age. Take the Taliban for example or the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka. The possibilities of an impressionable young adult are enormous! It is thus not really surprising to hear of young suicide bombers or ...

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  • 80 youngsters creating a ‘mess’ in Malta

    Anton D'Amato

    Bishops are to expect a great ‘mess’ following the pope’s message to youths during the WYD. Of all that has been said about the WYD, I found really strange the hope of Pope Francis that youths are to go back to their dioceses and make a ‘mess’. In his own ...

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