Completed Research

Views on Catholicism (2022)

Representations of Catholicism in Malta are diverse and dynamic. This project explored the representations, and language used, vis-à-vis Catholicism(s) in Malta, amongst different demographic groups (based on gender, age, education and regions). This large-scale study involved a range of online one-to-one interviews . For more information:

For the full report click here

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Presentation by Dr Luke J Buhagiar Round Table Discussion Q&A with the audience and conclusion

Parishes and Covid-19 (2021)

Together with the Secretariat for Parishes, DISCERN completed research on the views of various (a) parish priests and (b) active parishioners, concerning the effects of COVID-19 on parishes across Malta. Participants’ views were explored using semi-structured interviews and analyzed using thematic analysis. This study resulted in recommendations for parishes, as can be seen here.

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Youth Engagement Study (2021)

A survey showed that youth have a greater probability of involving themselves at the community level than in politics. Their interest in politics decreases as they grow older. The survey also showed that female youth look at community engagement in a more positive light and participate more than male youth in community initiatives and activities.

This research study was conducted by DISCERN, the institute for research on the signs of the times, among 498 youth aged between 16 and 25 years. Read more »


Gatt, Rebecca & Inguanez, Joe -  Out of Children’s Mouth (2010) Read More

Gatt. Rebecca & Inguanez, Joe -  Experiencing Childhood in Malta (2010) Read More

Discern (2009) -  Sunday Mass Attendance Census 2005 Read More

Inguanez, Joe & Savona-Ventura, Charles -  Not a Euthanasia (2008) Read More

Tonna, Benjamin (Discern) -  Maintaining Momentum Read More

Tonna, Benjamin (Discern) -  The Sign of the Civilisation of Love Read More

Tonna, Benjamin (Discern) -  A Surge in Quality Read More

Discern -  Attendance at Sunday Mass (1998) Read More

Micallef, P, Tonna, B, Attard, A, Farrugia, J & Micallef, A P -  Adolescent Drug Use in Malta 1998 Read More

Tonna, Benjamin (Discern) -  The Stunned Society Read More

Tonna, Benjamin (Discern) -  The Sign of the Here & Now Criterion Read More

Tonna, Benjamin (Discern) -  Sign Sense Read More

Tonna, Benjamin (Discern) -  Signs Trends Values Read More

Abela, Anthony M (Discern) -  Shifting Family Values in Malta Read More

Tonna, Benjamin (Discern) -  Malta Trends Read More

Discern & Caritas Malta 1993 -  Adolescent Drug Use in Malta Read More

Tonna, Benjamin (Discern) -  Malta Trends 1993 Read More

Pastoral Research Services -  REPORT on the SUNDAY MASS CENSUS December 17, 1967 Read More