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Photos of the week - Times of Malta

17-23 March 2016

Times of Malta presents a selection of its photographers' choice of their best photos over the past days.

Members of the clergy participates in the cortege as the body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. The 87-year-old former archbishop passed away earlier in the day. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMembers of the clergy participates in the cortege as the body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. The 87-year-old former archbishop passed away earlier in the day. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Members of the clergy participates in the cortege as the body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew MirabelliMembers of the clergy participates in the cortege as the body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Tourists take photos of the coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca as it is carried to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew MirabelliTourists take photos of the coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca as it is carried to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

An altar boy participates in the cortege as the body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew MirabelliAn altar boy participates in the cortege as the body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried to St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

The body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried into St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew MirabelliThe body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried into St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Archbishop Charles Scicluna addresses members of the media at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21, shortly after the body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca was brought in. Photo: Matthew MirabelliArchbishop Charles Scicluna addresses members of the media at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21, shortly after the body of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca was brought in. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Archbishop Charles Scicluna reacts after giving a statement to the media on the passing away of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca at St John’s Co-Cathedral on March 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiArchbishop Charles Scicluna reacts after giving a statement to the media on the passing away of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca at St John’s Co-Cathedral on March 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Former Archbishop Joseph Mercieca lies in state at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew MirabelliFormer Archbishop Joseph Mercieca lies in state at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Matthew Mirabelli

Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca lies in state in the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. The 87-year-old former archbishop passed away earlier in the day.  Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiArchbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca lies in state in the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. The 87-year-old former archbishop passed away earlier in the day.  Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca lies in state in the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. The 87-year-old former archbishop passed away earlier in the day.  Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiArchbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca lies in state in the Oratory of St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 21. The 87-year-old former archbishop passed away earlier in the day.  Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A priest lays his hand on the coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca at the start of his funeral Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA priest lays his hand on the coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca at the start of his funeral Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

The coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried out of St John’s Co-Cathedral after his funeral Mass in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiThe coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried out of St John’s Co-Cathedral after his funeral Mass in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

(Left to right) Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona walk behind the coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca outside St John’s Co-Cathedral after his funeral Mass in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi(Left to right) Gozo Bishop Mario Grech, Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona walk behind the coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca outside St John’s Co-Cathedral after his funeral Mass in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

The coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried down Republic Street in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is carried down Republic Street in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

The coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is in a waiting hearse in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe coffin of Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Mercieca is in a waiting hearse in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Two emblems meaning completely different things attached to the Archbishop’s car in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant FournierTwo emblems meaning completely different things attached to the Archbishop’s car in Valletta on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Illuminated crosses and flags on display at the Our Lady of Sorrows procession at the Ta’ Giezu church in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierIlluminated crosses and flags on display at the Our Lady of Sorrows procession at the Ta’ Giezu church in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Devout Christians wait anxiously for the Our Lady of Sorrows procession to begin in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierDevout Christians wait anxiously for the Our Lady of Sorrows procession to begin in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Onlookers follow the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows at the Ta’ Giezu procession in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierOnlookers follow the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows at the Ta’ Giezu procession in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A woman photographs the statue with her tablet at the procession of Our Lady of Sorrows in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA woman photographs the statue with her tablet at the procession of Our Lady of Sorrows in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A participant carries a candle at the Our Lady of Sorrows procession in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA participant carries a candle at the Our Lady of Sorrows procession in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

Actors re-enact the Last Supper during the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiActors re-enact the Last Supper during the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Audience members watch the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAudience members watch the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Audience members watch the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAudience members watch the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Actors portraying Roman soldiers take part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiActors portraying Roman soldiers take part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

An actor portraying Jesus Christ (left) takes part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn actor portraying Jesus Christ (left) takes part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

An actor portraying Jesus Christ takes part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn actor portraying Jesus Christ takes part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

An actor portraying Jesus Christ takes part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiAn actor portraying Jesus Christ takes part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Actors take part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiActors take part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Actors portraying a scene from the crucifixion of Christ take part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiActors portraying a scene from the crucifixion of Christ take part in the interactive street-theatre Passion play "Il-Mixja" (The Way), one of a series of Holy Week activities in the run-up to Easter, in the grounds of Mount Carmel Mental Hospital in Attard on March 22. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Experts from the police and Bomb Disposal Unit examine the damage caused by a bomb placed outside a boathouse owned by a 38-year-old man from Attard in Armier on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant FournierExperts from the police and Bomb Disposal Unit examine the damage caused by a bomb placed outside a boathouse owned by a 38-year-old man from Attard in Armier on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

The remains of an old Maltese bus are seen at Armier on March 23. The bus has apparently been used as a boathouse for some time but has since been abandoned and left to rot. Photo: Chris Sant FournierThe remains of an old Maltese bus are seen at Armier on March 23. The bus has apparently been used as a boathouse for some time but has since been abandoned and left to rot. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A Gozo Channel ferry is tossed around in the high wind and waves between Malta and Comino on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA Gozo Channel ferry is tossed around in the high wind and waves between Malta and Comino on March 23. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A crew member walks along one of the lower decks of the 95-metre superyacht Indian Empress at the yacht marina on Manoel Island on March 21. The yacht is owned by Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya who is at the centre of an attempt by banks to recover €1 billion he owes them. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA crew member walks along one of the lower decks of the 95-metre superyacht Indian Empress at the yacht marina on Manoel Island on March 21. The yacht is owned by Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya who is at the centre of an attempt by banks to recover €1 billion he owes them. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

A cat sits on a bridge in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA cat sits on a bridge in Valletta on March 18. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A woman walks her five dogs on the Sliema promenade on March 21. Photo: Chris Sant FournierA woman walks her five dogs on the Sliema promenade on March 21. Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

A tourist walks near flower beds on the first day of spring at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiA tourist walks near flower beds on the first day of spring at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Tourists walk near flower beds on the first day of spring at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiTourists walk near flower beds on the first day of spring at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta on March 21. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

(Left to right) Montenegro’s Dusan Lagator, Malta’s Cain Attard and Malta goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona challenge for a high ball during their Under-21 football match at the Hibs Stadium in Corradino on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi(Left to right) Montenegro’s Dusan Lagator, Malta’s Cain Attard and Malta goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona challenge for a high ball during their Under-21 football match at the Hibs Stadium in Corradino on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Montenegro’s Veljko Batrovic (top) jumps over Malta’s Joseph Mbong during their Under-21 football match at the Hibs Stadium in Corradino on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiMontenegro’s Veljko Batrovic (top) jumps over Malta’s Joseph Mbong during their Under-21 football match at the Hibs Stadium in Corradino on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Malta goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona clears the ball from the feet of Montenegro’s Ilija Tucevic during their Under-21 football match at the Hibs Stadium in Corradino on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiMalta goalkeeper Matthew Calleja Cremona clears the ball from the feet of Montenegro’s Ilija Tucevic during their Under-21 football match at the Hibs Stadium in Corradino on March 23. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Naxxar Lions’ Daren Falzon (right) pulls down Birkirkara’s Ryan Scicluna during their Premier League football match the the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiNaxxar Lions’ Daren Falzon (right) pulls down Birkirkara’s Ryan Scicluna during their Premier League football match the the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Naxxar Lions’ Demba Toure fouls Birkirkara’s Matija Smrekar during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiNaxxar Lions’ Demba Toure fouls Birkirkara’s Matija Smrekar during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Naxxar Lions’ Demba Toure (front) and Birkirkara’s Mauricio Mazzetti challenge for a high ball during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiNaxxar Lions’ Demba Toure (front) and Birkirkara’s Mauricio Mazzetti challenge for a high ball during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

Mosta’s Adrian Borg (left) and goalkeeper Yenz Cini (right) try to block Valletta’s Abdelkarim Nafti during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit LupiMosta’s Adrian Borg (left) and goalkeeper Yenz Cini (right) try to block Valletta’s Abdelkarim Nafti during their Premier League football match at the National Stadium in Ta’Qali on March 20. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi

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