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  • Crisis in the classroom

    Violence in schools is certainly not a new phenomenon, nor is it uncommon. Violent incidents between students, while never acceptable, are almost expected. What many find difficult to understand is violence faced by educators in their line of work.

  • Red + blue = murky brown - Vicki Ann Cremona

    Last week’s judicial and political developments have shocked and saddened many of us. As the report by the Venice Commission on constitutional arrangements and separation of powers in Malta, dated December 15, 2018 states: “Constitutional checks...

  • Fair comment

    Eddy Privitera wrote about the appointments given by the Nationalist Party to blue-eyed boys. He also mentions that Archbishop Charles Scicluna is part and parcel with the PN. In his ‘The Church vs Labour’ (January 4), he wrote that our dear...

  • God’s grace

    One of the most popular Russian saints, St Seraphim of Sarov, said in one of his spiritual conversations, entitled ‘On the acquisition of the Holy Spirit’: “Acquire the grace of the Holy Spirit also by practising all the other virtues for Christ’s...

  • The confessional box

    The confessional box

    The confessional box is important for the Catholic Church. At the time of Pope Julius III, one can read about the doctrine of the sacrament of penance and confession at the Council of Trent. St Carlo Borromeo (1538-1584), a friend of St Philip...

  • Hyper dulia

    John Guillaumier never really lost his acerbic irreverent and insensitive take on anything uplifting and religious, as amply expressed in three consecutive letters since one of mine last appeared here. Authentic and exemplary Catholics know what...

  • An EU ‘foreigner’

    I have been a Melita Home customer user for more than three years and a Melita mobile user for the past four years. Recently, I changed address and applied for a new ID card. On January 9, I went to the Melita Paola branch to apply for a new...

  • Burlò - January 14, 2019

    Burlò - January 14, 2019

    Konnie takes the stand

  • No democracy without accountability

    In the same week that The Economist’s Intelligence Unit Democracy Index reconfirmed Malta’s status as a ‘full democracy’, a judgment by Mr Justice Giovanni Grixti revoking an inquiring magistrate’s decision to hold an inquiry on the Panama Papers...

  • Slipping into political irrelevance - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Slipping into political irrelevance - Petra Caruana Dingli

    Once the smoke begins to clear, one big reason remains why Adrian Delia should step down as leader of the Nationalist Party. And that is simply because it is highly unlikely that he will ever lead his party to electoral victory. A political party...

  • Islanders - January 13, 2019

    Islanders - January 13, 2019

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  • Lasallian Jubilee Year 2018-2019

    As 2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of St John Baptist De La Salle, the founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers, Bro. Robert Schieler, superior general of the institute, and his...

  • Customer care

    Odette Vella wrote in her consumer affairs column:  “Neither the consumer nor the seller can change their mind or fail to honour the sales agreement without consequences” (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 6). She also wrote that in instances...

  • Respect for courts

    The court decision to suffocate an investigation into the Panama Papers gives more time to the police to probe the more serious crime of the killing of a cat at Golden Bay some time ago. The Maltese and Gozitan people are anxiously waiting for...

  • The mirrors of Dunkirk - Kristina Chetcuti

    The mirrors of Dunkirk - Kristina Chetcuti

    In the mid-1990s, film director Christopher Nolan and his wife sailed across the English Channel, specifically from Dover to Dunkirk, trailing the sea passage of many small boats that helped save the lives of hundreds of thousands stranded on the...

  • An insult to people of faith

    I refer to John Guillaumier’s letter ‘Foolish believers’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, January 6). Besides insulting the majority of readers because of their faith, it was indeed jarring to publish his unbelief in God on Epiphany Day of all days,...

  • Migration: Time for long-term solutions - Regina Catrambone

    On December 22, rescues at sea saved the lives of 49 people, but everybody was busy getting ready for Christmas celebrations. In our rush to buy presents and finalise recipes, the survivors’ ordeal caught little attention. Now the festive season...

  • Francis’ political philosophy in Malta - Fr Joe Borg

    Politics: as an act of charity; as service to the people; as respect for the primacy of justice and law; the defence of those most vulnerable; as a bridge between peoples and builders of peace and as a means to rethink of our common destiny. This...

  • Adrian Delia’s battles - Mark Anthony Falzon

    I am not a member of the PN, nor was I one when Adrian Delia was elected as leader. Had I been, I would probably have voted for Alex Perici Calascione, who seemed to me the most level-headed and likeable of the four candidates. That said, I have...

  • Civil war or obsolescence? - Sandro Spiteri

    A declaration of war can be a classic diversionary tactic that is used to smother internal strife and en­sure the leader’s position of power by rallying the troops around the flag (or the Maduma, as the case may be). When in the 1980s, Argentina’s...