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Fr Joe Borg

A Cardinal who is not naive

Last Sunday Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Catholic archbishop of Lyon marched at the head of the protest organised in Lyon accusing the government of "family-phobia" for legalising gay marriage and planning other policies that in the opinion of...

The visually impaired boxer and other stories

The editorial of today’s Times of Malta makes a very good point about social benefits’ fraud. It knows of no political boundaries. Its colour is red, blue, green, velvet etc. Neither does it have any frontier or border. A Google search presents...

Free spirits or cowards?

The editorial of last Saturday’s (January 25) The Times of Malta makes for some worrying reading. The editorial titled “The dumbing  down of our culture” criticises several decisions taken by the present government in the cultural sector. It says,...

The Reshaping of the World

The World Economic Forum, commonly referred to as the Davos annual meeting, kicked off yesterday in Switzerland. Anybody who is somebody is at this international meeting. This edition of the annual meeting is being attended by 40 heads of State...

In the best interest of the nation

Wednesday and Thursday of this week will see members of the European Parliament debate citizenship. The debate was sparked by the international media outcry against the plan of the Muscat government to sell Maltese – and as a consequence European...

Welcome to the porn revenge generation

It had to happen sooner or later. It has just happened. Whether it was sooner or later is irrelevant to the victims. Up till yesterday porn revenge was not a reality we had read about in the local context. There were cases of Maltese persons...

“Would you want to live here?” – a sequel

Patrick Cooke penned a very human and humane story in today’s Times of Malta. Titled “Would you want to live here?” he gave us an inside peek into the Hal Far open centre for irregular migrants. The story brings us in contact with fellow human...

Approval and opprobrium

During the past few weeks Bishop Charles Scicluna was the target of many attacks by those who were objecting to his stand about same-sex marriage and adoptions by gay couples. Bishop Scicluna was accused of acting in isolation from the other...

The Joy of the Gospel (3)

This is the third and final instalment with quotes taken from the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel. It should made good reading and reflection for this time of year. Warning for priests If he does not take time to hear God’s...

The Joy of the Gospel (2)

On December 4 I presented my readers with a few quotations from Pope Francis’s Apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel). I promised to do a sequel. A number of more pressing subject came in the way and I kept on postponing...