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Fr Joe Borg

Flying visit hopefully a staying message

On Tuesday, Pope Francis paid a flying visit to Strasbourg where he was hosted by the Council of Europe and the European Union. In just under four hours – he landed at 10am and left just before 1pm – he delivered two major addresses to the...

Thanking Paul the Apostle of dialogue

In June 2008 I penned a blog titled “Paul, Apostle of dialogue”. Paul referred to Archbishop Pawlu Cremona. He had just written a commentary for Malta Today in answer to its editorial about the Church and the divorce debate. It was the first time...

Neither feminist nor progressive

One could agree or disagree with Labour MP Deborah Schembri’s defence of Sai Mizzi during a TV programme. If Dr Schembri believes that the granting of a 13K-a month job had nothing to do with the fact that Ms Mizzi she is a minister's wife, that...

When Ash Wednesday precedes Christmas

Last Sunday five young men were ordained deacons. I personally know one of them, Mark Zammit. He was helping out in our parish for the last few months. A fine young man full of enthusiasm, idealism, love for the Lord and His people and full of the...

Guilty consciences garbed in leisure clothing

I took my time to write about the credible reports describing the exploitation of foreign workers at Leisure Clothing.  Journalist Joe Micallef of Media.link Communications should be commended for his work. There is a specific reason for my...

On truth and spins

The brief participation by Bishop Charles Scicluna, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Malta, on Xarabank is just one indication that he really means business when he says that the Church should adopt an attitude of zero tolerance to...

How exciting is the Pope?

Saray Gray writing in Salon said that the Pope is amazing and she described his statements as exciting.  Salon, the US based progressive magazine was created by David Talbot in 1995. A quick Google search about the magazine informs us that it...

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...