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  • Ignatius of Loyola and the expansion of the Jesuit Order

    Ignatius of Loyola and the expansion of the Jesuit Order

    The Jesuit Order this year celebrates 200 years since it was restored by Pope Pius VII after its suppression 41 years earlier. This is the first in a series of four articles in which Fr Robert Soler, SJ, reviews the Jesuits’ history from 1521 to...

  • Centenary of the Maltese Franciscan province

    Centenary of the Maltese Franciscan province

    On April 12, 1914, which was Easter Sunday, the Maltese Franciscan custody of St John the Baptist became the Maltese Franciscan province of St Paul the Apostle. The Friars Minor (OFM) are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of...

  • Britain uncertain about the defence of Malta

    Britain uncertain about the defence of Malta

    Top-secret correspondence that I recently discovered in World War II despatches reveal an abysmal laissez-faire attitude, uncertainty and crass ineptitude in Britain’s assessment of Malta’s strategic importance in the central Mediterranean basin...

  • A journey to a cultured lifestyle

    A journey to a cultured lifestyle

    Some are born great... some have greatness thrust upon them – William Shakespeare Ease, convenience and common sense are the three pillars upon which etiquette rests. And who doesn’t wish to have a gentle, proper and sensible friend? Your manners...

  • Prostate problems in dogs

    Prostate problems in dogs

    Last week, Meteor needed to be urgently operated. I have known Meteor since he was a seven-week-old puppy, all of 10 years ago now. Meteor is one of those lucky dogs that do not suffer from medical problems beyond the norm. In fact, I hadn’t seen...

  • Getting your dog ready for the new arrival

    Getting your dog ready for the new arrival

    Children are not the easiest to live with from a canine perspective. You will want to prepare your dog so you get to keep him around for when you need the comforting and unconditional love only a dog knows how to give. Very rarely do children...

  • Ring the happy bells at Eastertide

    Ring the happy bells at Eastertide

    Many of us are familiar with the traditional Eastertide ceremonies, however Guido Lanfranco shares some little known and possibly forgotten rituals with Veronica Stivala. As we move further away from the Second Vatican Council (1965), memories of...

  • The heart of Christian faith

    The heart of Christian faith

    In our contemporary culture, practices such as penance, mortifications and bodily denial are sometimes seen as remaining symbols of an ‘outdated spirituality’, almost an affront to human dignity. Yet, paradoxically, so many of us are willing to...

  • What would Jesus do if he lived today?

    What would Jesus do if he lived today?

    It’s 50 years since Malta became an independent state, but for Scotland, independence still hangs in the balance, with a referendum planned for September. Against that political backdrop, a new Easter theatrical piece is about to debut in Edinburgh.

  • A Holy Land experience in Valletta

    A Holy Land experience in Valletta

    Simonne Pace catches up with Anton Cassar, a commissioner of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Crucifix of Ta’ Ġieżu church in Valletta, who says he hasn’t missed out on a single Good Friday procession since he was four years old. It was so...

  • Focus on the Spanish rites

    Focus on the Spanish rites

    The youth section within the Saint Mary Society and Band King George V Band Club, in Mqabba, are holding their eight annual exhibition during Holy Week. Official Mario Zammit explains that this exhibition differs from others that are traditionally...

  • A true labour of love

    A true labour of love

    Holy Week displays are a true labour of love. Dedicated individuals spend long hours of their free time planning, carrying out, setting up and maintaining these exhibitions... for no monetary compensation but all for the enjoyment of...

  • Going eastern for Easter

    Going eastern for Easter

    Before the age of text messages and FaceTime, before, even, the Morse code and the printing press, our ancestors used various mediums to pass on messages; mediums that helped relationships blossom and warmongering thrive. These languages gave rise...

  • An artist by profession, renowned as a musician

    An artist by profession, renowned as a musician

    Purismo was an Italian cultural movement that began in the 1820s. The group intended to restore and preserve language through the study of medieval authors, and this study extended to the visual arts. The artists of Purismo, inspired by...

  • In the danger zone

    In the danger zone

    Being a war photographer can neither be described as a job nor as a career – that is too simplistic. What does being a war photographer mean, and feel, to you? I don’t consider myself to be a war photographer. I am a photographer working as a...

  • Having fun with long exposures

    Having fun with long exposures

    One of the great things about summer is that it gives you more time and ideal conditions to take photos. With Canon EOS cameras, you can try out new techniques such as long exposures and time lapse. Long exposures Photographing scenes of activity...

  • Trusted quality

    Trusted quality

    After starting at the top-end with its X Pro 1, Fujifilm has been steadily expanding its X-series mirrorless cameras to appeal to a broader audience. With its X-T1, Fujifilm has moved back towards the high-end, offering a fully-loaded mirrorless...

  • Beautiful memories

    Beautiful memories

    A stranger looking through my childhood photos would be nudged to two conclusions. Actually, hold it there – if someone broke into my house and started stealing my printed memories, the thieving stranger would be nudged by a row of Rottweiler...

  • It does matter if it’s black and white

    It does matter if it’s black and white

    Kris Micallef What inspired you to pursue photo­graphy professionally? I nursed a fascination for art, music and dance from a young age. I’ve always appreciated beauty and, since I was a child, I’ve experimented with various materials and mediums.

  • On an adventure

    On an adventure

    There was a time when photography and sports were mutually exclusive. You could either pedal or shoot photos, but not at the same time. And if you tried, the result would be a very blurry photo and a pair of badly bruised knees. But in recent...

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