To promote its aims of education, DISCERN has established an internal specialised library for the use of its researchers. In addition it has compiled the e-library which can be consulted on this homepage.

The Institute is a non-profit organisation, funded primarily by the Archdiocese of Malta without the exclusion of other sources of funding.

The Institute for Research on the Signs of the Times organises a number of think tanks, each of which provides expertise and technical support in important areas of pastoral concern. It seeks to promote collaboration with similar bodies both national and international, especially with the University of Malta. It adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Social Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church

Bio-Ethical Issues

Pastoral Issues

Vatican Council II Documents

October 11th, 1962 - December 8th, 1965

Other Useful Links

The Holy See


Catholic  Encyclopedia

FIOP Human Rights Watch

French Bishops' Conference

Council of European Bishop Conference

on Internet

World Council of Churches

Sciences Library

Social Science
Info Gateway

Bath Information & Data Services

BUBL Information Service

Institute for Research on Poverty

National Center for Children in Poverty

Institute for Public Policy Research

Social policy observatory

Justice & Peace

Globilisation Process Monitor

Catholic Information Centre

Catholic Dossier Magazine

Catholic Social Teaching

American Religion Data Archive



Caritas International

Caritas Europa
"Report on Poverty"


Institute for Fiscal Studies

NISS Information Gateway

NISS OPACs  Library Catalogues

Government in Scotland


European Union

European Parliament


Maltese Information Gateways

Archdiocese of Malta

National Statistics Office

Malta Health Division