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Fr Joe Borg

Don’t legalise drugs

Pope Francis had taken a very clear and unequivocal position in the debate about whether or not the use of some drugs should be legalised or not. He has taken to task the so-called ‘liberal’ stance that the legalisation of some drugs is the...

What a cruel dilemma!

England's defeat at the hands (or is it the feet) of Uruguayans has put us, England's supporters, in a most cruel dilemma. If Italy loses or draws with Costa Rica, the English are definitively out of the tournament. If the Italians win then the...

Nothing human is alien to me: a sequel

Last Sunday I borrowed the title and concluding sentence of my commentary to The Sunday Times of Malta from the Roman poet Terence. The whole sentence written by Terence is: "I am a human being, I consider nothing that is human alien to me.” It is...

The Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of the World Cup

The World Cup kicks this evening in Brazil. Weeks of football, spectacular football one hopes. It is true that for many Maltese the final would be played Saturday night when Italy meet England but for most the tournament goes on irrespective. Pope...

Safely surfing the internet

On June 2, the pan-European research group, EU Kids Online published the results of qualitative research conducted with children – ages nine – 16 - from nine European countries including Malta. This is the first time that EU Kids Online included...

The priceless but tenuous gift of freedom

We take freedom for granted. It was not always like that and in many countries freedom is still a luxury beyond the reach of most people. Freedom is priceless but it is also tenuous. It cannot be taken for granted. We have to be vigilant. The...

Marx’s take on EP elections

A lot has been said on the results of the elections of the European Parliament. Why not also see what Marx has to say about them. I am not referring to Karl Marx the founder of Communism but to a different kind of Marx. Reinhard Cardinal Marx is...

Post-election ramblings

At the point of writing we do not know which party will get the sixth seat in the European Parliament. If the PN gets it, it will be a consolation of sorts, albeit a very minor one. LastSaturday's was, more than anything , Joseph Muscat's victory.

And on the third day …

The Pope has just started a three day trip to the Middle East or, to use the equivalent religious jargon, the Holy Land. The Vatican described it as a three-day religious pilgrimage to Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Israel. The official...

A Christian perspective on the EP elections

The Bishops of Malta and Gozo in a statement on Saturday gave a Christian perspective on the European Parliament election to be held coming Saturday.   The short statement reminded people of their duty/right to vote and listed six principles that...