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Fr Joe Borg

A gentleman, a professional

I was shocked yesterday when Anna, Manni Spiteri’s wife, phoned to say that Manni had just suddenly died. We had shared so many great experiences together that I came to know him as a close friend, a true gentleman and an avid professional. Manni...

Serving and loving the Church

The subject of my next commentary in The Sunday Times of Malta is Archbishop Paul Cremona and his resignation which hit us like a bolt out of the blue. I will comment without repeating here what I will write there. Archbishop Cremona’s doctorate...

Synod Watch 4

The Catholic right is up in arms against the report prepared by Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who, as the synod's relator, had the task of synthesizing what the bishops said during the first week of their meeting. At the forefront of...

Synod Watch 3

Last weekend Cardinal Peter Erdo and his staff could not enjoy the good Italian food and wine that Roman restaurants are renowned for. They burned their candles throughout the night to prepare for yesterday’s meeting of the Synod the document...

Synod Watch (2)

The Synod of Bishop has reached its mid-mark. Now it is expected that the bishops will finalise a document which will serve as the basis for the workshop discussions next week. That document will give one a good idea of where the wind is blowing.

Synod watch (1)

The synod about the family has today - Wednesday - entered its third day. I follow the proceedings mainly through the one hour or so long press conference broadcast daily at 1pm and through the commentaries in many Catholic news websites. Through...

Great expectations but what about the deliverables?

Today the Extraordinary Synod for the Family starts in the Vatican. The Synod Fathers will celebrate Mass with the Pope while tomorrow they start the plenary sessions. Do not expect any radical or even non-radical decisions as the conclusion of...

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...