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Fr Joe Borg

The Joy of the Gospel

The publication by Pope Francis of the Apostolic Exhortation called “The Joy of the Gospel” generated, as such statements usually do, quite a stir. Pope Francis, thanks to his fresh approach to different issues, is still the media’s darling. His...

Hanging our heads in shame (2)

I recently received an email from a Maltese friend of mine living in a Latin American country. The following is its text: “I went to see the doctor. Since I had just arrived I wanted to introduce myself. I told him that I am Maltese and started...

Should free medicines be a universal right?

Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia has recently launched a White Paper on the procurement of medicines by the government, their storage, and distribution in the Pharmacy of Your Choice Scheme. The document is entitled "Ensuring your rights to...

Hanging our heads in shame

I googled the phrase “selling Maltese citizenship.” In a fraction of a second Google threw back at me an enormous number of references. One can only take in few at a time as they make for very depressing reading. The selling of Maltese citizenship...

The success of One of Us

Last June I appealed to the readers of this blog to sign the petition ONE OF US. I am very happy to announce that the initiative succeeded in surpassing the one million signature threshold needed to be recognised as a valid European Citizen’s...

Buy one, get the rest (almost) for free!

In a tweet sent yesterday, our Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Charles Scicluna made an appeal to Maltese MPs: “Do we really need to put Malta’s citizenship on sale? Is citizenship a bond or commodity? What else is on sale?” These are very legitimate...

‘You cannot shoot my dream’

One of the things that shocked me most during the last couple of weeks was the reading of Terry Philpot’s article in The Tablet of October 12. In ‘Falling through the net’ Philpot wrote about the protection (or the lack) of children in...

Scicluna to the pillory

It is now Bishop Scicluna’s turn to be sent to the pillory by l-orizzont. He follows in the footsteps of Pope Benedict and Bishop Mario Grech. I dare not mention myself because who am I to be placed – even remotely – in the same league as these...

On bridges and gay marriages

This week the Church in Malta issued two statements. On Wednesday the Maltese bishops published a one page statement (excluding references) about the proposed legislating of civil unions. Then on Thursday the Church’s Inter-diocesan Commission’s...

Bad News for Refugees

Bad News for Refugees In my commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta of tomorrow (October 13, 2013) I briefly commented on the book ‘Bad News for Refugees’ just published by Pluto Press. The authors, Greg Philo, Emma Briant and Pauline Donald who...