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  • Synod Watch 3

    Last weekend Cardinal Peter Erdo and his staff could not enjoy the good Italian food and wine that Roman restaurants are renowned for. They burned their candles throughout the night to prepare for yesterday’s meeting of the Synod the document...

  • The horror picture show

    The horror picture show

    Darrin Zammit Lupi’s haunting photograph showing a blonde child staring through a police bus window upon his arrival in Malta a year ago was picked up by all the major news providers around the world. Let’s be honest. News houses demanded that...

  • LIES, DAMNED LIES

    The Government, through the Ministry for which Konrad Mizzi is responsible (for now) got onto the highest of its high horses and denounced as irresponsible lies the reports appearing in the PN media that there had been a case of Ebola in Gozo. On...

  • Synod Watch (2)

    The Synod of Bishop has reached its mid-mark. Now it is expected that the bishops will finalise a document which will serve as the basis for the workshop discussions next week. That document will give one a good idea of where the wind is blowing.

  • Amazing grace

    It is always a heart-breaking affair to see spouses and parents being mourned and wished a final farewell.   Believing, as some of us do, that we pass on to a better life, with angels and sweet music accompanying us for eternity, makes this...

  • B(R)A(N)D MANAGEMENT

    I would despair if I were Joseph Muscat.    At the very least, I would have to wonder why I bother having ministers, when it seems that I have to do everything myself.  Not that Muscat has shown much of an aptitude for doing anything other than...

  • Synod watch (1)

    The synod about the family has today - Wednesday - entered its third day. I follow the proceedings mainly through the one hour or so long press conference broadcast daily at 1pm and through the commentaries in many Catholic news websites. Through...

  • All is not bad with this world

    A general feeling of terror has gripped us all. Gruesome beheadings, religious bigotry, fears of worldwide tension make the world a place of horror. A comment much used lately is that never has such horror been witnessed and that the present is...

  • Images of quality

    The subject I'm starting out with today is a bit on the old side but it was overshadowed by the revelation that Karmenu Vella either betrayed his party in 2003 or is telling a little porkie now, when he says he voted for Malta joining the EU. It...

  • Laugh now, hunt later

    I really wouldn’t want to be in Lino Farrugia’s (FKNK) shoes, not only now, but never. And not only because his job is to defend the indefensible or because he’s on the wrong side of history, or because his clan’s time is up, but more importantly,...

  • Great expectations but what about the deliverables?

    Today the Extraordinary Synod for the Family starts in the Vatican. The Synod Fathers will celebrate Mass with the Pope while tomorrow they start the plenary sessions. Do not expect any radical or even non-radical decisions as the conclusion of...

  • Hunters, you want racist?

    I admire people like Mr Lino Farrugia, CEO of the hunter’s federation. Really. His sense of humour must get him through life with a constant smile on his face, and who wouldn’t want that? I’m assuming that it’s Mr Farrugia’s sense of humour that...

  • An open letter to Archbishop Emeritus Mercieca

    Dear Mgr. Mercieca, Today the Church in Malta celebrates the 40th anniversary of your episcopal ordination. This must be a great day for you but it is also a great a day for the whole archdiocese which you served so generously and so well for a...

  • Lies, damned lies and politicians

    I was brought up to believe politicians. Maybe not all but some select ones. Today it’s getting harder to believe any—and although I am no cynic by nature politicians’ ways are turning me into a politico-basher and a non-believer in all they do...

  • WHAT WONDROUS WORDS

    Does Commissioner-hopeful Karmenu Vella suffer from the delusion that his was the only vote in the referendum held to determine whether we would become members of the EU? Mr Vella's vote was, in fact, a single solitary one out of the many, many...

  • Please watch this clip... and think

    Please watch this clip... and think

    If there is one video clip you should watch today, it has to be this (click here to watch). It is not a video of Islamic State embarking on a trail of destruction. It is not yet another ice bucket challenge. But this six-minute clip should send...

  • Principles before popularity

    Today’s papers were graced with the photos of His Grace Bishop Charles Scicluna bird watching. Just for clarity’s sake I hastily add that he was watching the kind of birds the adherents of Birdlife watch. The accompanying words uttered by His...

  • Hunting down my principles

    According to dictionary definitions, a ‘PRINCIPLE’ is a fixed rule, a method or practice, an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct, general law or truth from which others are derived. An ‘OPINION’ on the other hand is a sentiment; a view...

  • BANG, YOU'RE DEAD

    Whether it's because he wanted to give Karmenu Vella a leg up in anticipation of his grilling by the EU Parliament or because he (Muscat) has perceived a numerical advantage in annoying bird-killers rather than appeasing them or because he...

  • Independent? Right

    It really doesn’t take a lot to distract us does it? Fifty years of independence slithered down the drain as soon as we got the first whiff of royalty on our shores this weekend. In the meantime, while Prince William did his thing and waved at the...

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