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  • The commemoration of the Great Siege of 1565

    The commemoration of the Great Siege of 1565

    The proliferation of siege maps depicting the epic siege of 1565 published in the major cities of Europe throughout the duration of the siege is enough indication of its magnitude and its significance to the Christian states of Europe. Historians...

  • Gregory the Great and Francis – two popes for our times

    Gregory the Great and Francis – two popes for our times

    My first encounter with San Girgor (St Gregory) was when I started to attend the Catholic Action, and thence I became an altar boy. There was no statue of St Gregory. As teenagers, we imaged the saint as a stern, ascetic and rather pompous pope on...

  • I don’t want to go to school

    I don’t want to go to school

    What do you do if your children absolutely hate school? Most times, children have a valid reason for doing so, psychologist Cher Engerer tells Veronica Stivala. Children generally have a very valid reason for hating school, because school in...

  • Back to the school bullies

    Back to the school bullies

    Bullies were responsible for the end of Martin Holder’s life, aged 16, after a lifetime of torment at school and online. In an emotional interview, his mother Marj Hamlett-Hughes tells Helen Raine how her family is finding the strength to use his...

  • Coping with difficult situations

    Coping with difficult situations

    Valerie Brincat has three children. Her twin 10-year-old daughters have communication impairments which make reasoning and storytelling difficult for them. It’s therefore challenging for them to talk about incidents that have happened during the...

  • Shining through the shyness

    Shining through the shyness

    There was a girl in my catechism class who never said a word the entire first year before our Holy Communion. Other children played, chattered among themselves and made friends, but she just didn’t. Twenty-odd years later, if you were to ask any...

  • Back in their school years

    Back in their school years

    “School is a word that almost always triggers a reaction: some say it was the best time of their lives; others hated it with a passion; while others, knowingly or unknowingly, sailed through it and left it at that. But when one considers that...

  • A little praise goes a long long way

    A little praise goes a long long way

    No matter how old we are, praise and encouragement helps us feel good about ourselves. It boosts our self-esteem and confidence and helps us push for more. This is behind the psychological basis of every school prize day. Children are awarded for...

  • The pursuit of SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau, the Malta garrison and German POWs in 1914

    The pursuit of SMS Goeben and SMS Breslau, the Malta garrison and German POWs in 1914

    In the early 20th century, Germany had no colonies or naval bases in the Mediterranean. However, two years before the outbreak of World War I, the German Imperial Navy sent two cruisers to the Mediterranean. So after the outbreak of the war, the...

  • Heraldic coats-of-arms in Birgu and Santa Venera

    Heraldic coats-of-arms in Birgu and Santa Venera

    In his article ‘Revisiting the memories of Birgu’s medieval Collachio’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 27), Lino Bugeja featured the armorial shield of Grand Master Fra’ Philippe Villiers de L’Isle-Adam carved in local stone, in the grounds of...

  • Birth of the Gozo diocese

    Birth of the Gozo diocese

    On September 16, 1864, the islands of Gozo and Comino were separated from the diocese of Malta and established as a separate independent diocese. So this year the diocese of Gozo commemorates its 150th anniversary. The movement in favour of this...

  • Kissinger’s leg

    Kissinger’s leg

    Last week we eagerly removed Kissinger’s cast. Kissinger had broken his left leg four weeks earlier and it had been an eventful month for both him and his owners. Kissinger is a two-year-old cat who lives in a house with his feline brother Sheldon...

  • ‘My human is happy with me’

    ‘My human is happy with me’

    “Hello! I am a five-month-old German shepherd. My name is Hadies and my human is Sam. I was born on a beautiful day in late March. My two litter mates and I were looked after very well by our mummy and her human Edwin. All we could do at first was...

  • Unsolved mysteries of St Gregory’s church

    Unsolved mysteries of St Gregory’s church

    Deep-rooted mysteries, which to date remain unsolved, are entrenched in the old parish of St Catherine in Żejtun, popularly known as St Gregory’s. Some of these dilemmas were discussed at the second national symposium organised by NGO Wirt...

  • Bishop Emmanuel Galea, a saintly prelate remembered

    Bishop Emmanuel Galea, a saintly prelate remembered

    Forty years ago, on August 21, 1974, Malta lost the sterling services of Bishop Emmanuel Galea, who for several years had been an authentic inspiration to clergy and laity alike. Those who knew him consider it a blessing having been acquainted...

  • Emperor Augustus’s legacy

    Emperor Augustus’s legacy

    There were and still are worldwide discussions, events, exhibitions and publications on the founder of the Roman Empire, Augustus, whose death’s bimillennium anniversary is being commemorated today. To mention a few, there was an exhibition at the...

  • The Salter album from World War I

    The Salter album from World War I

    Not long ago, a senior citizen residing in Canada allowed the National Archives in Rabat to make copies of a ‘Maltese’ album that had once been her father’s. Marylyn Peringer quite generously believed that this souvenir of her father’s service in...

  • St Helen’s titular statue restored to former glory

    St Helen’s titular statue restored to former glory

    Chevalier Vincenzo Borg Brared was one of the main benefactors of St Helen’s basilica, Birkirkara, and it was his life’s wish to donate a processional statue of the patron saint to his home town church. His dream materialised when he signed a...

  • Seeing practice

    Seeing practice

    This column was literally ‘this week with the vet’ for two promising veterinary students who accompanied me every day as I went about my work. Both students are in their final years of vet school: one studying at a university in the UK, the other...

  • 10 things to think about before getting a new dog

    10 things to think about before getting a new dog

    1. Why? Why do you want a new dog? A dog is meant to be a companion to the family, living with the family inside the house and enjoying outdoor activities with the family as well. If your idea of having a dog doesn’t fit with this, then think...

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