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  • Humble Gozitan priest with a generous heart

    Humble Gozitan priest with a generous heart

    A great amount of literature has been written about the life and ecclesiastical career of the late Mgr Ġużeppi Mercieca, who was archbishop of Malta from 1976 to 2006. Charles Buttigieg’s monumental biography of Mgr Mercieca, Ilkoll Aħwa Fi Kristu.

  • A new template for celebrating outdoor festivities

    A new template for celebrating outdoor festivities

    The new game of soccer had special needs to be seen to. It required suitable grounds to be played on and a group of people, or committee, to run and manage the team. Committees ushered into local prominence a group of people who hitherto had been...

  • Amoris Laetitia – rekindling the joy of family love

    Amoris Laetitia – rekindling the joy of family love

    In the fourth year of his pontificate, Pope Francis gave us a special gift. Precisely on March 19 this year, the solemnity of St Joseph, during the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, he released the document Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love. Amoris...

  • Tinker, Maker: Making a water bottle lava lamp

    Tinker, Maker: Making a water bottle lava lamp

    Everyone gets the same wonder and curiosity when seeing a lava lamp in action, but how does it work? Well, the mechanisms involved are centred around the idea that denser fluids settle under lighter ones. What this means is that for a particular...

  • Earthquake early warning systems

    Earthquake early warning systems

    Currently no system can predict the date or time when an earthquake will occur. But the technology behind earthquake early warning systems can be used to prevent some of the earthquake-related damage by alerting the public when an earthquake...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    This computer-simulated image shows a supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy. The black region in the center represents the black hole’s event horizon, where no light can escape the massive object’s gravitational grip. The black hole’s...

  • Claudia Koll: from the stage to God

    Claudia Koll: from the stage to God

    The Magnificat (Malta) Chapter will be hosting TV personality Claudia Koll on May 7 to brunch with Mass, starting at 9.30am at The Palace hotel, Sliema, where she will give a testimony. Magnificat is a Catholic ministry for women whose aim is to...

  • True love knows no age

    True love knows no age

    It seems there is no age limit when it comes to falling in love. Stephanie Fsadni meets a newly-wed British septuagenarian couple who never ever thought they would fall in love again after losing their respective spouses... until they met each...

  • Iraqi women, girls face risks in displaced camps

    Iraqi women, girls face risks in displaced camps

    Fearing for the safety of her four children in battles between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants, Umm Rayyad left everything she once owned and last month fled her hometown of Khurbardan, in northern Iraq. The start of a military...

  • The Irish and 19th-century British Malta: a rethink of perceptions

    The Irish and 19th-century British Malta: a rethink of perceptions

    On December 10, 1799, the first 700 Irish soldiers ever to set foot on Malta, disembarked on the island. They tip-toed into the island incognito and without any fuss. These men and other Irish brethren who were to follow them throughout the 1800s...

  • The dog with no name

    The dog with no name

    This week is one of those weeks where the story ends unhappily. But it has to be told. It was late one evening, just before clinic closing time, when I received a distress phone call from a man who asked whether I could wait for him to get there...

  • MSPCA pushes for animal welfare law enforcement

    The Malta Society for the Protection and Care of Animals (MSPCA) has many a time applauded the improvement of laws that protect the welfare of animals. The Animal Welfare Act of 2002 with its numerous additions and amendments over the years, the...

  • Tinker, Maker: Create a Mentos-fuelled geyser

    Any self-respecting teenage student will have got into trouble for dropping Mentos into a soda drink (and presumably the student will have had to clean up the resulting sticky mess of foamy liquid in the classroom). We will reproduce this timeless...

  • Second digital revolution

    Second digital revolution

    If you were born in the 1970s or 1980s, you probably remember the Jetsons family. The Jetsons are to the future what the Flintstones are to the past. That futuristic lifestyle vision goes back several decades; self-driving vehicles, robotic home...

  • Photo of the Week

    Photo of the Week

    Yitan Sun and Jianshi Wu are the winners of the 2016 eVolo Skyscraper Competition. The innovative design implies that the future of skyscrapers could lie underground, not in the clouds. The 1,000-feet tall, 100-feet deep mega structure provides a...

  • Speaking a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see

    Speaking a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see

    Lorella Fava is inspired by Fr Cyril Axelrod, an internationally-renowned deaf-blind priest, who is in Malta where he wishes to impart his message of hope. South African priest Cyril Axelrod is a deaf-blind Catholic priest of the Redemptorist...

  • Threats of terrorism, migration ‘to worsen without great action’

    Threats of terrorism, migration ‘to worsen without great action’

    The threat of terrorism and global migration will grow worse in both rich and poor nations without greater worldwide cooperation to tackle the root causes of poverty and extremism, leaders of an international forum on peace building said. The...

  • The air crash disaster in Rabat 70 years ago

    The air crash disaster in Rabat 70 years ago

    On Friday, April 4, 1946, at about 11.15am, a 19.68-metre Vickers Wellington B Mk bomber crashed in the built-up area of St Publius Street, Rabat. The bomber had two radial engines and a fuel capacity of 3,409 litres, with an additional tank of...

  • Migrant workers in Italy’s ‘red gold’ are being abused

    Migrant workers in Italy’s ‘red gold’ are being abused

    Action demanded as often stateless N. African and Eastern European migrants working in tomato fields in region of Puglia are being held in slave-like conditions Baah, a tall, broad-shouldered Ghanaian man, stares through a grimy window, his face...

  • Build a homemade projector

    Build a homemade projector

    Smartphones are used more frequently for watching videos than ever before, but sometimes you just want a bigger viewing area. For those strapped for cash or in the mood to do something creative, you can construct your own home­made projector. All...

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