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Fr Joe Borg

The many faces of slavery in 2015

I did not know that there is such a thing called the Global Slavery Index. I only came to know about it when I started doing some research for this blog. This Index does not give information about slavery throughout the centuries but gives an...

Something beautiful for the Church

I have just flipped through the first printed copy – hot from the printing press - of “The Maltese Missionary Experience”; and what a gem of a book it turned out to be. The book is ably penned and published by Maltese missionary Fr John...

Is the Church discriminating?

My commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (21/12/14) will discuss the present controversy between the Church and the Malta Union of Teachers (and to a lesser extent the General Workers' Union) about the employment criteria that should be used...

A play in three acts

The is a play with three main actors, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church; Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, representative of the Partit Laburista; and Angelina Jolie, famous actress and Special Envoy of UNHCR for the rights of immigrants. Act...

The controversy rages on

The report that three former judges (I will refer to them as the Board) penned about Malliagate is now in the public domain; unfortunately minus several important documents that were attached to it by the same judges. The publication of these...

Are all animals equal?

After a successful revolt over their lazy owner the animals set up the animal kingdom whose basic law was enshrined in the Seven Commandments of Animalism. The most important commandment was “All animals are equal".The events that followed their...

From responding to safeguarding

What’s in a name? There is a lot. The significance of the announcement by Apostolic Administrator Bishop Charles Scicluna that the Church in Malta will be setting up a Safeguarding Commission instead of the Response Teams lies partly in the title...

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...

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