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  • Proud to be a Jew

    Proud to be a Jew

    I refer to articles about Gaza by Imam Mohammad Elsadi and Louis Cilia (August 15). While Cilia says the EU welcomed April’s announcement of a unity government of Fatah and Hamas, the EU regards Hamas as a terrorist organisation although it has...

  • Crucifixion and challenges

    I refer to the challenge by Fr Joe Borg in The Sunday Times of Malta (August 24). He asked me on behalf of my audience (!) to name at least one person who “acted as part of a concerted conspiracy to ensnare the Church in a political quagmire”.

  • Lord’s warning

    A simple reminder of the Lord’s own words as a contribution to the current debate on ‘so-called’ Islamophobic homilies. Gospel of St John, chapter 16: “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the...

  • Refunds for home help

    I have the service of a home help for elderly people that is provided by the State. A stipulated amount of money is taken away from our pension for this purpose. When the service is not provided through no fault of ours, we elderly are entitled to...

  • Business and industry facing challenges

    Business and industry are feeling the pinch of a collection of factors working against their interests. The first is the high cost of energy that is making their operations increasingly uncompetitive. There is then the flak they have received from...

  • Expensive ferry to Sicily

    Expensive ferry to Sicily

    A return ferry trip from Liverpool to the Isle of Man (distance 125 kilometres) for two adults and a car, in mid-September, travelling on the Steam Packet Company, would cost me €299.50. The exact same criteria but, this time, Liverpool to Dublin...

  • Urgent need for crossing

    Lately, my sister was involved in a bad accident and is still in hospital suffering from her injuries. A car ran into her while she was crossing the road near the Piazzetta, in Sliema. Several people cross the road at this spot, which is not very...

  • The truth will set you free

    Lino Spiteri, for reasons known only to him, alleges that an attempted coup against Archbishop Paul Cremona is in the air (August 26). I do not hold this against him. His background is politics where, it seems, plots, coups, back-room stabbings...

  • Turmoil in the Church

    Turmoil in the Church

    It has been a great sadness to those who love the Maltese Church to see its dirty linen being exposed so ruthlessly to public gaze. While commentators – outsiders like me – have long spoken of the need for the Maltese Church to renew itself after...

  • Authentic Christians

    I refer to the Talking Point by Sandro Spiteri (August 22) and the report the following day in which it was stated that I encouraged Islamophobia during the Sunday homily of August 17 at the Marsascala parish where I serve. The fact that I was...

  • Silence of the cemeteries

    In the summer heat, a heated debate rages about the challenges the Church in Malta is facing. That the Maltese Church has a problem of leadership can be seen by all bar those who don’t want to see. That the Church has been silenced is evident to...

  • Hang on, they rescued a Maltese fisherman, not a black migrant

    Hang on, they rescued a Maltese fisherman, not a black migrant

    On Monday morning I joined a group of local and international journalists for the inaugural trip of Moas, the first private migrant rescue mission in Europe. By the time I returned to the office, there were streams of comments on online forums and...

  • Faith of the Maltese is under attack

    I feel sorry for that vociferous minority that groans, grumbles and pontificates in offensive language against religious principles that the Maltese have believed and practised all their life. Their harangues are systematically directed against...

  • Festa marches under the hot sun

    Festa marches under the hot sun

    Lately, we again have been cautioned by the local Health Division to avoid unnecessary exposure to the sun between 11am and 4pm. The division further stressed the importance of keeping ourselves hydrated by drinking liquid regularly, particularly...

  • Hunting in the twilight

    Assuming the world is in total darkness before the official time the sun rises or sets, Peadar Farrell, August 18, sarcastically comments about Maltese hunters having “four hours of hunting in the darkness”. In fact, it does not take much to...

  • Coup against Cremona

    In my unsplendid isolation, I sometimes try to follow snatches of what is going on so that I am not completely cut off. From what I follow there is no doubt that the hatchets are out for the Archbishop, Mgr Paul Cremona. He is not only getting it...

  • Local heroes

    I am helping Allan Stanistreet to compile his latest book More Heroes of the Albert Medal,for which he needs photographs and information on these four Malta winners of the Albert Medal: Giuseppi Zammit and Giovanni Bilocca, who were working on an...

  • Noisy yachts

    When are the local authorities going to take some action against yacht owners who leave their wire ropes hanging and making a lot of noise asa result. When the wire ropes areleft loose and there is theslightest wind, they bang against the metallic...

  • Rising of the priests

    Rising of the priests

    Our latter-day generation of liberals must have been rubbing their hands in glee all last week as an apparent internal revolt against the leadership of the Maltese Church broke out. It is only apparent because no one really knows what is going on...

  • Economic vision to ponder

    Malta needs an economic vi-sion which is shared by all stakeholders if it is to achieve the targets set within the Europe 2020 strategy. This is the overall message of the Economic Vision 2014-2020 published by the Malta Chamber of Commerce,...

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