Human Dignity & Rights

Deaths in prison

A few weeks ago, the country woke up to the news of another death in prison. This was the 14th death in Malta’s Corradino Correctional Facility since the beginning of 2018.  An inquiry has been set up to unearth all the facts, reasons and dynamics which lie behind this disturbing and alarming statistic. And yet, the inmates, their families and the whole country can no longer afford to wait any longer before everyone concerned starts pulling the same rope to ensure that prison is a safe place and truly an institution which places reformation and rehabilitation at its heart, and where the dignity of all is respected… Read more »

Dignity

Made in the image of God, we are ALL God’s children.

We believe that every person is precious & unique.

We believe that people are + important than things.

We are therefore called to treat every person with loving respect.

Watch this video which briefly explains Dignity, the first principle of Catholic Social Teaching: Read more »

22 entities present position paper on the recreational use of cannabis to members of parliament

Twenty‑two entities presented a position paper on the recreational cannabis bill to members of parliament, expressing serious concern about the short and long term effects on society of the proposed legislation and calling for a serious, mature and researched debate on the subject. The proposed bill will be presented today for debate in Parliament.

All entities, many of which work with children and young people, strongly believe that as currently presented, the bill will have a negative effect in normalising drug use while failing to protect both society and drug users… Read more »

Principles of Catholic Social Teaching

Modern Catholic social teaching is said to have originated in 1891, when Pope Leo XII published the encyclical letter, Rerum Novarum. It consists of a number of principles, values, documents and instructions. Rooted in Scripture and developed by the wisdom of Church leaders and the People of God, these teachings offer us a moral compass on how to live out our faith in the world.

Our faith calls us to love God and to love our neighbours in every situation, especially our sisters and brothers living in poverty… Read more »

16 entities urge politicians to truly consider the common good

16-il entità impenjati fil-ħidma soċjali qed jesprimu t-tħassib tagħhom dwar il-proposti għall-abozz ta’ liġi dwar l-użu hekk imsejjaħ responsabbli tal-kannabis. L-entitajiet jinsabu fi qbil mal-pożizzjoni ta’ Caritas Malta u Fondazzjoni OASI li nhar il-Ħamis, 7 ta’ Ottubru 2021, reġgħu tennew li l-liġi proposta se tkun aktar ta’ ħsara milli ta’ ġid għas-soċjetà Maltija.

Dawn l-entitajiet, li wħud minnhom jaħdmu direttament mat-tfal u ż-żgħażagħ vulnerabbli, jinsabu mħassba speċjalment dwar il-messaġġ li jkun qed jgħaddi lit-tfal u ż-żgħażagħ dwar l-użu u l-kultura tal-kannabis… Read more »

Ongoing uncertainty at the prison

We the undersigned entities unequivocally condemn the ongoing uncertainty at the prison, aka Correctional Services Agency.

As more inmates and their families come forward to speak out, we commend them for their courage and openness.

As entities committed to social wellbeing, we recognise our responsibility to be advocates for justice and human dignity.

The number of deaths registered at this facility in these last years has tragically climbed to 13 individuals, including the recent deaths by suicide of a 30-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman… Read more »

The ecological transition has started. It must be fair and just.

21 European Justice & Peace Commissions came together for their Annual International Workshop and General Assembly which was held in Belgium from the 1st till the 4th of October. The theme chosen for this year’s meetings was “Integral Ecology: overcoming the social and environmental crises.” Daniel Darmanin, president of the Justice and Peace Commission (Malta) attended the four-day meeting.

In their final declaration, the delegates highlighted the need for structural change as a cornerstone of climate change policy… Read more »

A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho

Leaving him half dead: In the parable of the Good Samaritan, the robbers who beat up the man and left him half dead, remain unknown, unnamed. The person who allegedly dumped Lamin on the side of the road on Selmun road in Mellieħa like a bag of disposable waste has already been identified and will face justice.

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The wheel of injustice: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German Theologian who courageously stood up against Nazi oppression once said that “we are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself”… Read more »

To see or not to see

On Sunday 27th of September, the worldwide Church celebrates the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The horizon towards which we are invited to journey is that of “an ever wider we” in which we are mutually enriched by diversity and by cultural exchanges and in which the Church widens her tent to embrace everyone. However, by explicitly linking this dream of a more inclusive society with the care for our common home, Pope Francis is also warning us that the minute we try separating what is intrinsically linked, this dream can very quickly turn into a nightmare… Read more »

Season of Creation: A Home for All

A home for all? Renewing the Oikos of God is the theme of this year’s Season of Creation, during which Christians of all denominations will join in prayer and action for our common home in a bid to renew the Oikos of God. 

But what does Oikos mean? Oikos is the Greek word for “family,” or “home.” Our family is made up of the whole of humanity and each of the species that inhabit this planet, our common home… Read more »