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Fr Joe Borg

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...

Not just about free medicine

People who have only read media reports about the Pastoral Letter written by Bishop Mario Grech on the occasion of the feast of Santa Marija must have thought that the Pastoral Letter is just a diatribe against abuses of the free medicine...

Neither ‘too little’ nor ‘too much’

The Latvian run Ask.Fm web-site has always had a very bad reputation. With more than 40 million users worldwide the site is quite popular particularly with gullible and vulnerable young people. While most share questions and answers about pop...

Mutual kindness and respect

Today (Sunday August 4) is another sunny and hot day. Most Maltese will spend it swimming and/or sunbathing. Fortunately there are no demonstrations to deviate people’s bee line to the beeches. The supposedly pro-Government or anti-immigration...