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Letters

  • Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (1)

    Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (1)

    The recent pastoral letter, issued on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, entitled Balm of Mercy for the Family, was soaked in God’s mercy. As Bishop Grech rightly wrote: “God’s mercy... is at the heart of...

  • Bishop’s healing pastoral letter (2)

    In his pastoral letter on the occasion of the feast of the Assumption, Mgr Mario Grech said, among other things: “Some of the pastors, like Basil of Caesarea, received back in the fold also those who, when they had abjured their baptism,...

  • Public officials’ utter silence

    The mayor of St Paul’s Bay has been criticised for what a corres-pondent (August 13) claims to be her “utter silence and inertia” as a result of her not replying to his email to her of July 17. I agree that all correspondence should, initially, be...

  • When ‘€5’ gets you less

    GO’s corporate Facebook page states that they are offering 1Gb of mobile data for the price of €5. This is, unfortunately, not true as topping up €5 gives you €4.81 in ‘credit euros’ which are not enough to pay for the 1Gb of mobile data. It is...

  • Two burning issues

    The ordinary magisterium of the Catholic Church teaches that contraception goes against Natural Law. While responsible parenthood is good, not all the means used to attain it are morally lawful. Contraceptives are intrinsically evil. “Legitimate...

  • Still waiting for resident card

    I became a Maltese citizen in October 2014. I arrived in Malta from Australia on March 2015 for a six-month stay. I applied for a visa on April 16, 2015 and was told I would receive my resident card within one month. Five months later, after...

  • Reason for Great Siege

    Was the Great Siege of 1565 against the Christians or against the Order of St John? The order had been expelled from everywhere that it had occupied. Before coming to Malta, against the will of the Maltese, there had been booted out of Rhodes and...

  • Excellent war museum

    Excellent war museum

    On the occasion of the feast of Santa Marija I availed myself of the opportunity given by Heritage Malta to visit the newly established Fort St Elmo and the National War Museum. I was, to put it mildly, very impressed with the Museum which must...

  • Don’t blame whole country

    It is unfortunate that the correspondent who wrote the letter ‘Disappointed bus passenger’ (August 7) had to pay an additional €20 in bus fares while waiting for a Tallinja card to come through. However if this modest expenditure has indeed caused...

  • Ditch the laws on blasphemy

    According to a write-up in the Times of Malta (August 8), the Church authorities declared that the law prohibiting the vilification of the Catholic religion “must not be axed” - surprise, surprise! Justice Minister Own Bonnici should go ahead and...

  • The internet and the law

    To a lot of people the internet is a mystery. Somehow, we have managed to create this other world similar to another dimension, as described in movies like Star Trek or the more recent Interstellar. Being in another dimension seems to mean that...

  • Proposed Tower Road development

    I am writing on behelf of my client John Cilia regarding his proposed development at Tower Road, Sliema, on the property of the Carmelite Order, about which there has been much media attention. In particular, of concern are the implications...

  • Fenech Adami’s Malta

    I read with amazement some of the contents of the article ‘UK government sceptical of Fenech Adami’s Malta’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 16). In the first instance the views and comments in this article are those of deputy high commissioner...

  • Thank you

    I am very grateful to the Mission Fund in Malta for supporting our mission in Durrës, Albania. The money will go towards the education of underprivileged children as well as medical help for destitute families. I assure the Mission Fund’s...

  • Bible translation in Malta

    While referring to the very interesting article ‘Translating the Holy Bible into Maltese’ by Lino Bugeja (The Sunday Times of Malta, August 9), I feel obliged to add further credit to the Rev. Prof. Peter Paul Saydon, who co-founded the Għaqda...

  • The Maltese language

    In his article on the current (mis)use of the Maltese language, carried in the special 80th Anniversary Times of Malta magazine on August 9, Laurence Grech, former editor of The Sunday Times of Malta justifiably complains about the frequent...

  • Bonaparte and St John’s Museum

    Bonaparte and St John’s Museum

    Following the clarification by the president of the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation (Times of Malta, August 16), if the revelation is correct, the museum is in for a great renovation. May it further consolidate itself as one of Valletta’s key...

  • Bonaparte in Malta

    Napoleon could not have retained possession of Malta in 1798 and the reason was Admiral Horatio Nelson. Without the Maltese revolt, the French garrison would still have starved, leading to their capitulation to the English. Charles Xuereb (The...

  • Visitor crush

    St John’s Co-Cathedral is the first stop for most visitors. Museums provide a learning experience, which can be enhanced or undermined by the quality of services provided. As the number of visitors to Malta has increased over the past years,...

  • Wrong locality

    I refer to the article ‘Arraigned over JB Stores theft’ (August 18). The Birkirkara local council would like to clarify that Amadeo Grima never worked for it. Editor’s note: The newspaper report was based on what was stated in court.