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Fr Joe Borg

  • When one is more than 99

    I have never been good at maths. But I know that ninety nine is bigger than one. But now I have my doubts. When today (Wednesday 21) the rich and the powerful start their annual meeting at the exclusive ski resort at Davos they will be faced by...

  • Two ayes, therefore more ‘noes’?

    Simon Busuttil has just announced that he will vote yes in the referendum which is asking voters to decide whether Malta should keep the derogation given for limited spring hunting before our accession to the European Union.  He said that as one...

  • The Bully and the Beast

    This week the world’s attention was fully taken by the events in France. The massacre of journalists at Charlie Hebdo, policemen and others persons during a number of terrorist attacks were centre stage, and deservedly so. However during the past...

  • Today they shot at you

    Today two Islamic extremists shot at you. You didn’t notice? How is it possible that someone shoots at you and you don’t notice? Are you so alienated as not to notice that the barbaric attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, the French...

  • To give or not to give

    A debate about organ donation can literally be a debate about life or death. The lives of many were saved thanks to the donation of essential organs (for example a heart) while the quality of life of many more has been greatly enhanced thanks to...

  • The many faces of slavery in 2015

    I did not know that there is such a thing called the Global Slavery Index. I only came to know about it when I started doing some research for this blog. This Index does not give information about slavery throughout the centuries but gives an...

  • Something beautiful for the Church

    I have just flipped through the first printed copy – hot from the printing press - of “The Maltese Missionary Experience”; and what a gem of a book it turned out to be. The book is ably penned and published by Maltese missionary Fr John...

  • Is the Church discriminating?

    My commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (21/12/14) will discuss the present controversy between the Church and the Malta Union of Teachers (and to a lesser extent the General Workers' Union) about the employment criteria that should be used...

  • A play in three acts

    The is a play with three main actors, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church; Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, representative of the Partit Laburista; and Angelina Jolie, famous actress and Special Envoy of UNHCR for the rights of immigrants. Act...

  • The controversy rages on

    The report that three former judges (I will refer to them as the Board) penned about Malliagate is now in the public domain; unfortunately minus several important documents that were attached to it by the same judges. The publication of these...