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Letters

  • Practically a lost cause

    Practically a lost cause

    The picture was taken just days ago. The place is the Buġibba promenade in front of the boċċi club. Thousands of locals and tourists walk the promenade every day. In my time in London, despite the fact that I found the constant construction...

  • Attempt on Strickland’s life (1)

    May I pick just one ‘fact’ that is not a fact in Lino DeBono’s article ‘Reviewing Maltese history’ (February 4), in which he complains about the dearth of ‘real facts’ in the island’s written history. Giving a brief outline since the early 1930s,...

  • Attempt on Strickland’s life (2)

    I read the article by Lino Debono (February 4) who has a stack of impressions and anecdotes bearing on aspects of the last few decades, including several with a Mintoffian slant. His familiarity with Maltese historiography seems to be rather ...

  • Attempt on Strickland’s life (3)

    Lino Debono (‘Reviewing Maltese history’, February 4), says that ever since the history book used in schools during his and my generation’s time nobody else “has written another book stating the real facts, except for Edgar Mizzi and his...

  • A world in chaos

    An aspect that strikes out in Christ’s ministry is His sense of urgency. He delivered His message in language that was broadly understood by both those who sympathised with Him and those who did not. They had to change their ways and they had to...

  • Anti-corruption commission

    I refer to the item (February 2) concerning the report by the Permanent Commission Against Corruption regarding the case of Jimmy Magro and, in particular, to the concluding remarks by Justice Minister Owen Bonnici. Referring to the previous...

  • Many scandals

    Opposition members jeered when Justice Minister Owen Bonnici declared in Parliament that “those who do wrong, would find no shelter” from the government. This was being said in view of the alleged findings of the Commission Against Corruption on...

  • Supply and demand

    Supply and demand

    In response to the article entitled ‘PM warns of rental market regulation if market “does not work”’ (January 25), I would like to point out that the real estate industry operates as a free market, where prices are determined by the forces of...

  • The same language

    I refer to a recent letter I wrote regarding the need to encompass Maltese history as the bulwark against extremism. With history comes language. The Maltese language is a precious jewel, shared across social divides. I worry that the English...

  • Inquiry hearing

    Since, according to the report titled ‘Scicluna snubs Panama Papers inquiry invitation’ (January 27), Finance Minister Edward Scicluna snubbed an invitation to appear before a Panama Papers inquiry committee meeting (held in Brussels on January 26).

  • Hospital menu

    Hospital menu

    I have been at Mater Dei Hospital for some days now. I have no qualms about the staff, a lovely and professional bunch. But I am not quite happy with g/free meals. In the first evening one gets chicken/cut-up boiled potatoes/diced carrots...

  • Christian persecution complex

    John Azzopardi wrote that, in 2016, “90,000 Christians were killed because of their faith” (January 24). This figure is highly exaggerated, as the BBC’s ‘More or less: behind the statistics’ points out. The correct figure of Christians killed -...

  • Power of prayer for universal peace and human solidarity

    In one of his letters, St Paul urges us to pray for those in high authority so that we may live our life in peace and tranquility. In my opinion, these words are very timely, and perhaps urgent at the present time when we are witnessing so much...

  • Antonio Sammut biography

    A biography of Antonio Sammut (1867-1947) builder and benefactor of Gżira parish church (1921-1935) is going to be published. One can still see his painting in the church’s sacristy. Parishioners and clergy wanted to honour his dedication and...

  • Those with power should seek to serve, not be served

    Almost all people from all walks of life wield power: a parent over children, a teacher over students, management over employees, the police, the military, journalists, the judiciary, the government, and the list goes on and on. We all wield a lot...

  • Trump’s populist agenda

    Trump’s populist agenda

    Less than two weeks into the job, US President Donald Trump is doing his utmost to escalate his ‘war’ on the media. He is also persisting in raising the spectre of a trade war with America’s third largest partner, Mexico, by threatening to impose...

  • The Eucharist as a medicine to heal

    The Eucharist as a medicine to heal

    I refer to the interview with ‘Fr Joe’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 29), so-called to mask his priestly identity. I do not want to be judgemental and I wish he will seek from the Archbishop or a spiritual director enlightenment to form the...

  • The Church’s compassion

    The front page story entitled ‘Priests ‘confused’ over bishops’ new guidelines’, as well as the interview with ‘Fr Joe’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 29) left me with a deep sense of sadness. However, it also confirmed my suspicion that many...

  • Our bishops’ recent guidelines

    I was ordained 55 years ago, before Vatican II, and honestly I was neither shocked nor confused by our bishops’ recent guidelines on Amoris Laetitia, because they are not only in line with the doctrine of this apostolic exhortation but also with...

  • Growing Catholic population

    Growing Catholic population

    All three English-language newspapers sometimes publish a picture of their choice to accompany one of my letters, for which I thank them. But the picture I would have liked most to appear in the paper was the Triumph of Faith, adorning the cupola...

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