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  • Amputating the crucified Christ

    The timing could hardly have been more appropriate but that is the art of politics. Health Minister Chris Fearne, a potential successor to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, made an uncharacteristic move from someone ostensibly coming from the Labour...

  • After sadness comes hope - Tony Cassar

    I had just sat down after a long day at work, and the minute I opened FB I saw a post with a photo showing smoke billowing out of Notre- Dame. The photo almost looked like a surreal painting. Not wanting to believe what I was seeing, hoping it was...

  • What Benedict got right - Ranier Fsadni

    What Benedict got right - Ranier Fsadni

    There have been three broad kinds of reaction to a 6,000-word essay published last week by Joseph Ratzinger, the former Pope Benedict XVI. Writing in a Bavarian magazine for the clergy, Ratzinger blames the ‘sexual liberation’ associated with the...

  • Embracing sobriety for Christ - Fr Geoffrey Attard

    Embracing sobriety for Christ - Fr Geoffrey Attard

    As I sit in front of my computer listening to Thomas Tallis’s soothing Lamentation and think of what I can do in a different way this year to prepare myself spiritually for Lent and Holy Week, I try to meditate upon the great love that our Lord...

  • Necessary trade-off

    One cannot help but agree with the sentiment that “pensioners deserve peace of mind” (April 1). However, there seems to be a general misunderstanding about how State pensions are funded. Although workers pay national insurance all their lives so...

  • My father’s grave

    My father’s grave

    My dad, Peter Smith, known as Jas, survived a gas explosion in September 1993 but succumbed to the extensive burns two months later. At the time, I was only 13 years old. We flew out to Malta after the accident but had to return to Dundee,...

  • Persecution

    I have just read the harrowing account (‘They just turn up at night and kill Christians, says priest’, April 12) about the persecution of Christians in Nigeria, which has claimed thousands of lives. Should not Malta as a respected member of the...

  • Eat less meat – the debate hots up

    Eat less meat – the debate hots up

    A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog simply reporting research on the need to reduce our consumption of meat significantly.  The response from ToM commentators was sadly predictable in both tone and content.  I was ‘obviously’ part of a vegan...

  • Hospital’s top priorities

    Mater Dei Hospital is the only acute treatment centre for the ever-growing Maltese population. Few can deny it is stretched to the limit and whenever an emergency erupts the standard of the treatment offered is put at risk. The Malta Union of...

  • Digging ourselves into a hole - Godfrey Farrugia

    Originally I was in favour of the Malta-Gozo tunnel but the more educated I have become on the subject, the more I am convinced that the government is deceiving people into believing that this tunnel is the right thing to do and that it will be...

  • Watch: Why policies are turning cars into kings of the road

    Watch: Why policies are turning cars into kings of the road

    The construction of a car park – with all the pollution it would create – under a playground for children was yet another example of the way in which vehicles remained the priority for policy-makers, Michelle Attard Tonna, the president of the...

  • High-tech Cold War - Martin Scicluna

    High-tech Cold War - Martin Scicluna

    The geopolitical row between the United States and China is the great schism of our times. For Cold War warriors such as me, there is something very familiar about the current geopolitical mood. Western concern with the enemy’s new weaponry, its...

  • Jeremy Hunt, one Europe - Alastair Campbell

    Jeremy Hunt, one Europe - Alastair Campbell

    As Notre Dame burned, UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt reached for his phone and diplomatically tweeted his sympathy… “thinking of all our friends in France tonight following the devastating fire… heart-breaking for the millions who love this...

  • The people’s wish

    I would wish to assure Rodolfo Ragonesi I have not ignored the constitutional point raised in his letter ‘The people’s will’ (April 2). I am not a constitutional lawyer or any sort of lawyer, for that matter, but I would believe that there were...

  • Confidence

    Allow me to quote the last sentence of Kevin Hodkin’s letter ‘Accountability’ (April 12), which struck me: “Problem being, in Britain, as is shown on a daily basis, the Prime Minister is made accountable to the electorate whereas here the Prime...

  • The Passion of the Lord

    Augustine joins the Passion of Jesus starting in the Garden of the Olives and finishing on the Golgotha. Augustine comments on Psalm 141 together with the Passion narratives of Mark and Luke. When Jesus was on earth, He prayed in His human nature...

  • Left hand drive

    Most people remember the tragedy that hit young Joanna Boni on the outskirts of Mosta a few years ago when she was crushed to death by a large left-hand driven vehicle while on her motorbike. Her parents, still grieving for what happened to their...

  • Prime Minister’s concerns

    No doubt, every Maltese citizen concurs with the Prime Minister when he says he is disgusted with racism and intolerance (April 1). Moreover, Maltese citizens are disgusted by the daily issues of unscrupulous alleged corruption cases,...

  • Watch: ‘Why would people not want to halve their commuting time?’ – Cycling group

    Watch: ‘Why would people not want to halve their commuting time?’ – Cycling group

    Why would people not want to halve the amount of time it takes them to get to work, the president of the Bicycle Advocacy Group, Michelle Attard Tonna, told Times Talk. Having taken up cycling herself one and a half years ago, she now uses a...

  • Quality is the main ingredient

    A public consultation document on the “under-represented sex” lists a number of proposed changes aimed at promoting gender equality. Among other things, the “package of laws” being proposed aims at achieving what is being said to be a critical...