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Fr Joe Borg

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...

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...