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Fr Joe Borg

The Tal-Qroqq savannah comes to life

I remember very clearly a sequence from a programme on Animal Planet. The documentary was about a savannah in Africa. The summer period is dry and desolate. Death is in the air. Torpor is the order of the day. Then the first rain falls and the...

No porn please, we are Swedish

My commentary in The Sunday Times of Malta of September 22 discussed the decision of the Swedish hotel chain – Nordic Choice Hotels - to ban porn movies from their 171 hotels. I commented that "It is ironical that a company in liberal Sweden...

Protest against the carnage in Pakistan

The savage suicide bombing attack on an Anglican church in Pakistan is just the latest in a long series of violent attacks against Christian in Pakistan. This attack has struck the world headlines more than others because of its excessive brutality.

Somalis and Air Malta pilots

According to a story currently being reported on timesofmalta.com a group of 29 Somali immigrants have been charged in court this afternoon, accused of trying to escape detention early today. The detention officers noticed the escape bid and...

Banalities and preposterous prepositions

I have long been waiting to comment on the homily delivered by Bishop Grech on the occasion of the feast of Our Lady of Loreto (September 1). Bishop Grech used the religious occasion to address a subject of great pastoral and national importance:...

Good bye, my friend

To-day I say the final good bye to a dear friend of mine, Fr Anton Sammut. The phone call that woke me up last Monday at 5.15am came as a surprise. It was our energetic parish priest, Fr Josef Mifsud. “Dun Anton has died”, he said sadly. I was...

“A DEFEAT FOR HUMANITY “

Yesterday (September 7) Pope Francis delivered a very powerful homily during the prayer vigil on the occasion of the Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace. Coverage in this morning’s papers was minimal. In this blog I reproduce it almost in its...

Please pray and fast for Syria

Tomorrow all Catholics are invited to join Pope Francis for a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace particularly in Syria. The vigil that the Pope will lead at St Peter’s Square can also be followed on several radio stations – RTK and Radju Maria –...

The Church’s new Prime Minister

Malta is buzzing with talk about the recommendation of the Police Board regarding the case of a man wrongly arrested, arraigned in Court and who spent a few days in prison although he was completely innocent. The Board recommended that...

Kittens and cheese graters

Quite a few years back I accompanied then Minister Louis Galea, whose responsibilities included broadcasting, to a meeting of the EU media ministers. The meeting was held somewhere in Sweden. I don’t remember the name of the town but I recollect...

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