To follow up on Pope Francis’ visit to Malta, the Archdiocese of Malta is launching a project titled: Rethink culture. is a space for respectful dialogue on complex issues shaping Maltese culture. Supported by the Vicariate for Evangelisation and hosted by Justice & Peace –Malta, discussions will take place with various people active in Maltese society about the kind of culture we are hoping to build together.

If “honesty, justice, a sense of duty and transparency are the essential pillars of a mature civil society” (Pope Francis in Malta, Meeting with the Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps), how is Malta doing on this score? Whilst everyone seems to agree that Malta needs to embrace these principles of good governance, the level of distrust and cynicism shown by people towards anything political seems to be increasing at an alarming level.

With Dr Lawrence Gonzi, former Prime Minister of Malta, and Dr Evarist Bartolo, former Minister for Education and Foreign Affairs, we discuss the complex reality of political life in Malta. Together with Mark Cachia from the Justice and Peace Commission they also speak about the urgent need to tackle the root causes of voter disillusion by undertaking the necessary institutional reforms coupled with a renewed emphasis on education in values and political participation.

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