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Fr Joe Borg

An open letter to Archbishop Emeritus Mercieca

Dear Mgr. Mercieca, Today the Church in Malta celebrates the 40th anniversary of your episcopal ordination. This must be a great day for you but it is also a great a day for the whole archdiocese which you served so generously and so well for a...

Principles before popularity

Today’s papers were graced with the photos of His Grace Bishop Charles Scicluna bird watching. Just for clarity’s sake I hastily add that he was watching the kind of birds the adherents of Birdlife watch. The accompanying words uttered by His...

I was there

The 1960s were the most exciting and creative decade of the 20th century. Pope John XIII and the Vatican Council II brought a new lease of life to the Catholic Church. The spirit of the Council was put under pressure during these last two decades...

To name or not to name

From time to time we experience a strong popular reaction to some event or other. The vehicle used to spread such popular concern is generally Facebook. The latest such reaction followed the arraignment of a member of the Society of Christian...

Christianity in action

Both Archbishop Cremona and Bishop Mario Grech spoke, among other things, of solidarity during their respective homilies on the occasion of the feast of the birth of Our Lady which in Malta coincides with the celebration of two historically...

A Maltese ‘secret’ revealed

Maltese missionaries are really spread all over the world, in fact in over 70 countries. Their work is recognised and praised even by the several popes. Pope John Paul II during his first visit to Malta spoke to the Maltese missionaries and their...

“Do not use EXTAVIA after the expiration date” - Novartis

Sarah Carabott penned a humane story in today’s The Sunday Times of Malta (August 31, page 9) about the unnecessary tension and pain that sufferers from Multiple Sclerosis are having to go through as government is insisting that for the coming...

Don’t pit Christians versus Muslims

“We welcome them in Malta and they kill our people in Iraq. Muslims cannot be trusted.” This is what someone told me recently. Is this just the reaction of a very kind but quite a simple man, I asked myself. My fears that the feeling is widespread...

Pouring cold water on Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has taken over the Western world, and perhaps a little bit more. It is the ‘in’ or hip thing to do. Truth be told, I am not really impressed by what is happening. So I will take the risk of being accused of not being a...

A murdered journalist; amputated audiences

The news and, more so, the video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley by Islamic extremists shocked the world. Truth be told, these barbaric fundamentalists who do not deserve to be called Muslims or even humans, have been...