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  • Confirmed prediction

    Confirmed prediction

    In the late 1990s, a local newspaper published a letter of mine regarding the crisis of the Catholic Church in Austria after the exposure of the sexual abuse scandal involving Mgr Hans Hermann Groer, the former Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna. In my...

  • Enforcing financial security

    I refer to the recent interview with Andrew Beane, chief executive officer of HSBC Bank Malta plc, who remarked that the legal process to realise security to repay non-performing loans is too complex and time consuming. This phenomenon has a...

  • The judge

    I fail to understand why canine societies – the ruling bodies – object to calling the judge officiating at a show, l-imħallef. Wherever you go in the four corners of the world, a judge is called a judge in their own language. In Italy it is...

  • Save Moynihan House

    Save Moynihan House

    A nation’s greatness is judged by its ability to respect and celebrate its history and heritage. We are duty-bound to pass on the heritage we inherit to our sons and daughters and the generations to come. The building frenzy that has seized our...

  • No to war

    Latin American countries, like other nations, have their positive and negative points. I am not a politician, I am a simple priest, but since Paul VI taught us that “politics is the best form of charity”, and as a result of the fact that I have...

  • Konrad Mizzi eyeing leadership

    At last, some good news! The Sunday Times of Malta last week (March 3) reported that Konrad Mizzi is eyeing the Labour leadership. I am sure that they are rubbing their hands in glee and preparing for a huge party in Brussels to welcome the owner...

  • Thank you from Pakistan

    I wish to thank the Mission Fund for their kind donation towards our mission in Pakistan. The donation will be used to finance programmes for the Christian formation of youth and adults in poor parishes so that the faithful can have an opportunity...

  • Political responsibilities

    It is amusing to hear political candidates debating and saying what they will do for Malta if elected to office. However, once elected, most of these promises are forgotten and all they think of are excuses for not carrying out their promi­ses.

  • Law of the jungle

    I have lived in the same terraced house for the past 50 years. Recently the residence next to mine was bought by a third party and demo­lished and then rebuilt.  However, the new permit issued by the authorities included an extra one-and-a-half...

  • April 1953 sea odyssey

    I would like to thank Mark Said for his very interesting contribution ‘The Star of Malta revisited’ (March 4). The incident he described is practically common knowledge. However, I am referring to an earlier case. I am certain of the facts I...

  • Two of a kind

    Who does not remember Simon Busuttil, just days prior to the June 2017 election, promising that a Nationalist government would give a grant of €10,000 to each couple who decides to reside in Gozo. But when pressed by journalists for details on how...

  • Unknown location

    Unknown location

    I am spending a week in Malta and have been trying to figure out where this photo was taken, without success. It shows two of my ancestors, on the left and right, with friends in Valletta about a century ago. I thought perhaps the historians among...

  • Newspeak

    The Times of Malta carried a front-page article on March 1 dealing with comments made by the International Monetary Fund about the Malta Financial Services Authority. To me, it was a very polite way of showing how an ‘independent and autonomous’...

  • Gay behaviour

    I read with interest Josianne Cutajar’s article, ‘Do you have the Ex-Factor?’ (March 4). She clearly says that being gay is being gay and that there is no chance of being healed, not even with the intervention of God. She mentions a person who...

  • Disappearing townscapes

    Disappearing townscapes

    Malta International Airport plc are to be congratulated on the hoarding they have erected in the tunnel and around the new building site at the airport, depicting the traditional colourful house fronts and doors to be found in the towns and...

  • The beauty of Gozo

    A lot has been said about the pros and cons of having a tunnel between Malta and Gozo. However, I am not aware a proper and professional study was carried out to determine if the road network in Gozo will cope with the traffic generated and all...

  • Pending claims

    Bank of Valletta refers to the item ‘Bank faces mounting damages over ill-fated fund’ (March 6), which incorrectly asserts that some form of settlement agreement has been reached out of court in relation to claims about the La Vallette Multi...

  • Damaging statements

    Nationalist Party exponents seem to delight in harming Malta’s name, not just locally but, more so, in other countries, particularly in EU institutions. They justify this by saying that when they attack the Maltese government they are not...

  • Gozo Ministry architects

    I refer to the item ‘Gozo Ministry giving “major jobs to just one architect”’ (March 5). On October 25, 2017, the Ministry for Gozo issued an expression of interest for the service/s of architect/s. On the same day, this public call appeared on...

  • Unbelieving clerics

    Unbelieving clerics

    The award-winning film The Favourite, set in 18th century England during the reign of Queen Anne (photo), reminded me of several anecdotes in Will Durant’s The Story of Civilisation: “Samuel Clarke (1675-1729), who knew enough mathematics and...