Knights of St. Peter and St. Paul 550 years of histrory 1471 - 2021 In 1471 Pope Paul II conferred the first investitures of "Knights of St. Peter" or “Cavaliere di San Pietro”, which was an honorific title conferred by the Holy See. This honorary chivalrous investiture from the Holy See is sometimes called the "Speron d’Oro", quite distinct from the Cavalry Knighthoods conferred by various Sovereigns. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master
Maltese Cultural Centre Albion, Melbourne. Mother's Day Market 1 May, 2021
NEWS FROM MALTA Bernard Grech takes Delia-Azzopardi Facebook spat to PN executive PN leader Bernard Grech convenes PN executive to discuss Adrian Delia Facebook feud with Jason Azzopardi
5 May 2021, by Matthew Vella Opposition leader Bernard Grech
Nationalist Party leader Bernard Grech has convened a meeting of the PN’s executive committee on Thursday, to discuss a breach of the party’s social media rules after a public spat between Nationalist MPs Adrian Delia and Jason Azzopardi. The committee will discuss whether Delia’s outburst against Azzopardi, breached newly-issued rules of engagement on social media for MPs. Earlier in the day, Delia hit out at Azzopardi after the latter announced a libel victory over Vincent Borg, aka Ċensu l-Iswed, a one-time canvasser to Delia. No sooner had Azzopardi announced his victory that MP Adrian Delia hit out at him, challenging him to sue him for libel over a series of statements. “Do you love the truth, Hon. Azzopardi? Do you want to give charity with other people’s money? Do you seriously want unity in the party? Then publish those 700 texts you have of mine; explain how you had sole access to the Yorgen Fenech texts when you’re not a member of the police corps; tell us if it was you who got your lies printed on the front pages of the ‘independent’ media; substantiate your claims that I was in Fenech’s pockets.
Yorgen Fenech’s cut-price property plan with senior police officer Police probe deal for €180,000 property to be sold for around €60,000NationalYorgen FenechPolice By Ivan Martin and Matthew Xuereb
Investigators have found evidence of a planned property deal involving Yorgen Fenech and Ray Aquilina, sources said.Plans for a suspicious property deal involving former police superintendent Ray Aquilina, construction tycoon Joe Portelli, and murder suspect Yorgen Fenech are being investigated by the police. Officers from the police’s anti-money laundering unit believe that a Birżebbuġa apartment worth in excess of €180,000 was set to be sold to Aquilina’s parents for around a third of its market value by Fenech in 2018. The plan being investigated by police, was for the property to change hands for some €60,000.
Lydia Abela tests positive for COVID-19, Prime Minister in quarantine Lydia Abela tests positive for coronavirus • Prime Minister’s wife is doing fine and had no symptoms
5 May 2021, by Kurt Sansone Lydia Abela
Lydia Abela has tested positive for COVID-19 following what appears to be a mandatory test ahead of official duties in the coming days. It was Prime Minister Robert Abela who in a Facebook post on Wednesday night, divulged the news of his wife’s coronavirus test result. The Prime Minister and the couple’s daughter have tested negative.
Wasteserv officials charged over horrific workplace accident 13 individuals have been charged over an incident in which a technician was trapped in a machine in 2017, losing his legs as a result
4 May 2021, by Matthew Agius The foreign technician was trapped in machinery at the Gozo Wasteserv plant
A court in Gozo has heard how an Italian repairman had both his legs amputated after a horrific workplace accident at the Wasteserv plant in Gozo. Earlier today in Gozo, Magistrate Joe Mifsud presided the criminal case against Wasteserv directors Vincent Bonello, 80, David J. Borg, 49, Iris Camilleri Mifsud, 68, Frederick Cutajar, 69, Emanuel Magri, 65 and Michael Sant, 71, CEO Antonio Montebello, 46, plant manager Charlon Buttigieg, 32, manager Kirsty Zarb, 34, safety officer Stefan Carmel Sultana, 39 and Ing. Andrea Brincat, 36. Two directors of J.F. Services Ltd, Matthew and Peter Formosa were also jointly charged. All thirteen individuals were charged upon a complaint by the Occupational Health and Safety Authority over the incident that was allegedly caused through negligence or non-observance of regulations. They were also charged a number of health and safety breaches. All pleaded not guilty. Inspector Bernard Spiteri testified about the incident in 2017 in which Ettore Altamura was grievously injured whilst repairing a perforating machine at the plant. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/109414/wasteserv_officials_charged_over_horrific_workplace_accident#.YJHHR7UzZPY
President Vella lists his green credentials following social media criticism Planning rules may work on paper but 'end result is dreadful', says VellaNationalEnvironmentPresident of Malta
President George Vella.
President George Vella has pushed back against social media criticism about his recent stance against a proposed development in his hometown, saying his calls for environmental sensitivity date back to the late 1970s. He was backed by Archbishop Charles Scicluna who in a tweet said that he joined the President in his heartfelt appeal for all and sundry to stop the uglification of our islands. "Beauty is the result of harmony and respect. It has a value that is not measurable in price. It is the best tribute to the human spirit," he wrote. In a defensively-worded statement that included a document listing various speeches the president had made in favour of the environment, Vella reiterated that his concern that existing planning policies were inadequate in practice and desperately require revision.
As it happened: Murdered lawyer's widow tells court of accused's €600,000 debtFour accused of involvement in killing Carmel Chircop and Daphne Caruna Galizia By Edwina Brincat and Diana Cacciottolo
Adrian Agius, left, George Degiorgio, centre, and Robert Agius, left, at their arraignment in February. Photo: Chris Sant FournierWeeks before his murder, lawyer Carmel Chircop tried to recover €600,000 owed to him by the man now accused of commissioning his killing, the victim's widow told a court. Mary Rose Chircop took the stand on Tuesday, weeping as she remembered how she first learned about the murder six years ago, after reading news headlines about a lawyer shot dead in Birkirkara. "I ran to the police station, demanding to know: 'Who is the lawyer?'" she recalled. The widow also described how her law student son would have been with his father on the morning of the shooting, only his lecture was cancelled that day. She said that months after the murder, the accused tried to get the debt cancelled in court, finally reaching an out-of-court settlement for a fraction of the original amount owed. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/live-blog-murder-cases-against-agius-brothers-resume.869407
PM: €274m elderly home contract should have had cabinet approval St Vincent de Paul contract has been deemed potentially invalid by the NAO By Ivan Martin
Prime Minister Robert Abela (inset) has defended the benefits of a controversial €250m contract for the management of the St Vincent de Paul home but said it should have been given cabinet approval first.Prime Minister Robert Abela has questioned why a heavily criticised mega-investment at a home for the elderly was never raised at cabinet level during his predecessor's administration. Last week, a damning report by the auditor general slammed a €274 million contract to build and operate residential blocks and a kitchen at the St Vincent de Paul Residence. The NAO found a series of serious shortcomings, missing documentation and political oversight failures concerning the mega-contract awarded to a consortium made up of James Caterers Ltd and a subsidiary of the DB Group in 2017. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/pm-says-274m-elderly-home-contract-should-have-had-cabinet-approval.869179
Eight face police questioning over theft of 900 AC units Police home in on suspects in €300,000 theft from Ħandaq business Police say they have recovered 800 of the 900 missing units. This is a file photo. Photo: ShutterstockEight people are being questioned by the police in connection with thefts of hundreds of air conditioning units worth a total of €300,000. Around 800 of the 900 AC units reported stolen have been found at homes, garages and storerooms raided as part of the investigation, the police said in a statement. The crime was first discovered on December 16, 2020 when a private firm based in Ħandaq Industrial Estate, Qormi noticed that it was missing some AC units and reported the matter to Żebbuġ police. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/eight-face-police-questioning-over-theft-of-900-ac-units.869290
Developer Joseph Portelli called in for questioning by police over possible links to Raymond Aquilina Gozitan developer Joseph Portelli held for questioning over alleged connections with former police superintendent Raymond Aquilina
New evidence links former police officer to Daphne murder leaks Raymond Aquilina seen walking into Cremona’s office in 2019 By Ivan Martin
Raymond Aquilina (inset) is suspected of leaking information related to the investigation into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Photo: Matthew MirabelliPolice surveillance and intercepted phone calls back up suspicions that a former police superintendent leaked sensitive details of the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation. Sources said Ray Aquilina had been spotted walking into the Qormi office of Johann Cremona a number of times during police surveillance operations in the summer of 2019. Cremona is a business associate of Yorgen Fench and is believed to have acted as an interlocutor between the alleged murder conspirator, self-confessed middleman Melvin Theuma, and former OPM chief of staff Keith Schembri. An ongoing investigation into suspected leaks is also understood to have secured damning phone intercepts that back up investigators’ theory that Aquilina was supplying parties to the murder with insider information. Aquilina, who used to head the police’s anti-money laundering unit, is believed to have leaked details of a money laundering investigation into Theuma prior to his arrest. The former officer, who has since resigned from the corps, is separately the subject of an ongoing money laundering and graft investigation himself, sources said. In 2019, police were planning to reel in Theuma on suspected financial crimes in a bid to get their hands on evidence he was known to have on the murder plot. Police were hoping to secure secretly-taped conversations between Theuma and Fenech, the man he alleges masterminded the 2017 car bombing of the journalist. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/new-evidence-links-former-police-officer-to-daphne-murder-leaks.868804
[WATCH] Safety of localities must remain a priority when dealing with migration – Bernard Grech Opposition leader Bernard Grech takes cautious approach when speaking on the issue of migration, insisting international obligations must be observed, but people must feel safe in their localities
President George Vella decries plans for apartment block in his Żejtun street In Facebook comment, President calls for permit to be reconsidered Photomontage of the planned apartment block in Triq San Girgor, Żejtun. Photo: Wirt iż-Żejtun.President George Vella has expressed his "shock and disappointment" at plans for a new apartment block in his own street, in Żejtun's historic centre Plans for a five-storey apartment block in Triq San Girgor, 15 metres away from the Grade 1 scheduled Church of Jesus of Nazareth and just outside the town's Urban Conservation Area were revealed by the heritage group Wirt iż-Żejtun on Saturday. According to the group, a permit for the development was approved by the Planning Authority in 2019 under a summary procedure, which meant it did not even require a board hearing. Commenting on the group's post, the President expressed his dismay at the plans and called for them to be re-examined. "As a citizen who was raised and who lives in this street, I am shocked and disappointed by the lack of sensitivity and respect towards the urban fabric of this part of Żejtun," Vella said. "I appeal for this permit to be reconsidered. Our town deserves better." Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/president-george-vella-decries-plans-for-apartment-block-in-his-zejtun.868768 Maltese man who contracted COVID-19 in India has died - Health Ministry Maltese national, Ivan Barbara, who went to India to adopt a child has died from COVID-19 before getting the chance to be transported back to Malta
30 April 2021, by Kurt Sansone Notary Ivan Barbara, 47, died from COVID-19 while in India, where he travelled with his wife to adopt a child
A 47-year-old Maltese man who contracted COVID-19 in India while in the process of adopting a child with his wife has died, the Health Ministry has confirmed. The man has been named as Ivan Barbara, a notary. He had travelled to India with his wife Rosanne to adopt a girl. Barbara and his family were going to be brought back to Malta in an air ambulance on Friday but he passed away before the start of the journey. It is understood that the man took a turn for the worse shortly before boarding the aircraft and had to be taken to a hospital in the outskirts of New Delhi Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/109321/maltese_man_who_contracted_covid19_in_india_has_died__health_ministry#.YIyDFbUzZPY
Michel Rizzo suspends himself from Allied Group following money laundering charges Allied Group said that it was 'immeasurably surprised' by the charges brought against Rizzo on Thursday
30 April 2021, by Nicole Meilak
Allied Group Managing Director Michel Rizzo has suspended himself from the position as he faces charges of fraud and money laundering. In a statement on Friday, Allied Group said that it was surprised by the decision taken to charge Rizzo and Progress Press, one of its companies. The charges are the result of an investigation into graft between former company officials Adrian Hillman and Vincent Buhagiar, and ex-OPM Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. "Allied Group stresses that it has cooperated fully with the magisterial inquiry into the ongoing graft allegations and steadfastly maintains that it has been a victim of dealings that took place behind the backs of both Progress Press and the directors of all its companies." Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/109323/michel_rizzo_suspends_himself_from_allied_group_following_money_laundering_charges#.YIyFVrUzZPY
As it happened: 'Cremona knew everything about Daphne's murder' - Theuma In tense testimony, middleman says he has lost everythingNationalDaphne Caruana GaliziaCourt By Edwina Brincat, Herman Grech
Yorgen Fenech and Melvin Theuma.An associate of Yorgen Fenech "knew everything from A to Z" about Daphne Caruana Galizia's assassination, the murder middleman testified on Thursday. Johann Cremona, who has not been charged in connection with the crime, was described as "Yorgen's postman" by Melvin Theuma. Melvin Theuma was testifying in the compilation of evidence against Robert Agius, Adrian Agius, Jamie Vella and George Degiorgio who are accused of supplying the device that was detonated by remote control on October 16, 2017 to kill Caruana Galizia. The group also face charges of killing lawyer Carmel Chircop in 2015. "He knew everything, from A to Z. He knew that Yorgen was the mastermind, that the bomb was planted by three hitmen and that I was the messenger. He knew it all," Theuma told the court during an animated and often angry testimony. Theuma says he had decided to start recording private conversations with Cremona because he saw him as "Yorgen's postman". Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/live-blog-vince-muscat-testifying-in-caruana-galizia-chircop-murder.868228
Malta passes MoneyVal test after raft of reforms Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering expert committee approves Malta reportNationalFinanceGovernment By Ivan Martin
The Council of Europe has passed a review on Malta during a plenary session in Strasbourg. Photo: ShutterstockMalta’s anti-money laundering regime has formally passed a review by Moneyval. The Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering expert committee, known as Moneyval, voted during a plenary in Strasbourg on Thursday to approve a final report on Malta. Although the assessment report is still secret until it is officially published by MoneyVal in the summer, Times of Malta understands that the final document looked favourably on the island’s efforts to address major shortcomings in its fight against financial crime. Two years ago, Malta failed an exhaustive test of its anti-money laundering rules and policing and has since been at risk of being put on a list of untrustworthy countries, better known as the ‘grey list’. Being put on the grey list comes with a strict reform procedure and ‘hand-holding’ by global authorities. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/malta-passes-moneyval-test-after-raft-of-reforms.868237
Two Progress Press officials face fraud and money laundering charges Defence lawyers strongly contest charges, no evidence so far that MD took fundsNationalCourt By Edwina Brincat and Diana Cacciottolo
Michel Rizzo and Claude Licari charges linked to a Malta Enterprise deal.Progress Press managing director Michel Rizzo and former financial controller Claude Licari have been charged with fraud and money laundering. They were also charged with making fraudulent gains to the detriment of Malta Enterprise between 2013 and 2019, criminal conspiracy, making a false declaration and falsification of a public document. The charges are related to a Malta Enterprise funding application, a court heard on Thursday. Licari, who left Progress Press “long ago” is also charged with breaching accountancy laws. As well as Rizzo, Licari, the company Progress Press, which is the printing arm of Allied Group, faces similar charges. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/two-allied-group-officials-expected-to-face-charges.868294
Private eye engaged by journalist to spy on ex-wife is jailed A man has been jailed for acting as an unlicensed private investigator on behalf of a former Times of Malta columnist and Shift News journalist
Former police superintendent arrested over Melvin Theuma leaks Police arrest former high-ranking police officer Raymond Aquilina over suspected leaks in Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation
28 April 2021, 9:59am by Matthew Vella / Matthew Agius A former high-ranking police officer is arrested over alleged leaks from the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation
former high-ranking police officer implicated in leaking information on the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder investigation has been arrested. Former police superintendent Ray Aquilina was arrested on Wednesday and is being interrogated over allegations that he leaked information on impending money laundering raids on murder middleman Melvin Theuma. Theuma has testified in court how he was expecting to receive a list detailing, which of his properties would be raided in November 2019. The list had to come from Aquilina. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/109270/former_police_superintendent_arrested_over_melvin_theuma_leaks#.YInaGLUzZPY
Speaker fails to break deadlock in tied vote on Carmelo Abela ethics report Parliamentary Speaker Anġlu Farrugia abstained in a tied ethics committee vote on Carmelo Abela report, leaving MPs puzzled
28 April 2021, by Nicole Meilak
Speaker of the House Anġlu Farrugia abstained from an ethics committee vote on Carmelo Abela's ethics preach, in a move deemed suis generis by Labour MP Edward Zammit Lewis. The Standards in Public Life committee met on Wednesday to take a vote on whether to adopt an ethics report on a misuse of funds from Carmelo Abela's ministry. Nationalist MPs Therese Comodini Cachia and Beppe Fenech Adami voted in favour of adopting the report, while Edward Zammit Lewis and Glenn Bedingfield from the Labour Party voted against. This led to a deadlock, in which case it is parliamentary practice for the Speaker to set down the casting vote that will decide whether or not the committee will adopt the report. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/109286/case_of_thrombosis_found_in_patient_that_took_covid19_vaccine#.YInbErUzZPY
L-Ombudsman ikkonferma l-ħsara irreparabbli li saret f’Kemmuna – PN Minn Jurgen Balzan
27 ta' April 2021
Photo by Friends of the Earth Malta Read in English. Il-Partit Nazzjonalista illum qal l-Ombudsman ikkonferma il-ħsara irreparabbli li saret f’Kemmuna mill-gvern. Il-kelliem tal-Oppożizzjoni Robert Cutajar saħaq li r-rapport tal-Ombudsman sar fuq talba tiegħu biex jiġu investigati l-ħsarat li saru b’xogħlijiet illegali mill-gvern f’Kemmuna. Cutajar qal li r-rapport “ikkonkluda u kkonferma dak li qalet l-Oppożizzjoni Nazzjonalista sa mill-bidunett. Ix-xogħlijiet li saru f’Kemmuna, żona protetta, b’valur ambjentali u sit ta’ Natura 2000, saru bla permess u kkaġunaw ħsarat irreparabbli.” Fil-konklużjonijiet tieghu, kompla Cutajar, l-Kummissarju għall-Ambjent u l-Ippjanar fl-Uffiċċju tal-Ombudsman ixejjen l-iskużi li pprova jġib il-Gvern Laburista fejn qal li dawn ix-xogħlijiet kienu deskritti bħala t’emergenza. Aqra iktar: newsbook.com.mt/l-ombudsman-ikkonferma-il-hsara-irreparabbli-li-saret-fkemmuna-pn/
Hemm id moħbija wara l-leaks tal-bejgħ tal-passaporti – Muscat Minn Josianne Vella
27 ta' April 2021
Ritratt: Miguela Xuereb Read in English. Is-Segretarju Parlamentari Alex Muscat qal li hemm id moħbija ta’ xi ħadd wara l-leaks li żvelat il-Fondazzjoni Daphne Caruana Galizia. Il-Fondazzjoni żvelat data tal-kumpanija Hanley and Partners dwar il-programm kontroversjali tal-bejgħ tal-passaporti. Il-leaks li huma relatati mal-bejgħ tal-passaporti li juru li tnaqqas il-ħin li wieħed irid jagħmel Malta biex ikun jista’ jixtri ċ-ċittadinanza. Huma qalu li dawn il-persuni ppreżentaw donazzjonijiet għall-karità u sħubija fi klabbs Maltin fost oħrajn. Żvelat kif Prinċep xtara l-passaport Malti, għenu Muscat biex ismu ma jiġix ippubblikat Fid-diskors tal-aġġornament tat-Tlieta, Muscat irrifjuta li jaċċetta li l-leaks kienu xogħol purament ġurnalistiku li sar mill-fondazzjoni li twaqqfet biex tfakkar il-memorja ta’ Daphne Caruana Galizia. Aqra iktar: newsbook.com.mt/hemm-id-mohbija-wara-l-leaks-tal-bejgh-tal-passaporti-muscat/
Hunter in Miżieb caught red-handed with shot protected bird Police find dead Honey Buzzard in man's car and feathers in his pocket By Ivan Martin
A protected honey buzzard receives veterinary treatment after it was shot in Malta back in 2015. Photo: Birdlife Malta.Updated 8.08pm with FKNK statement A hunter is to be prosecuted after he was caught red-handed shooting a protected bird in Miżieb on Tuesday. Times of Malta is informed that the hunter was apprehended by members of the police’s Environment Protection Unit on Tuesday afternoon. The man is believed to have shot down a honey buzzard, a protected bird of prey. The bird, one of a pair seen roosting in the Mellieħa area of Miżieb, was witnessed being shot by a civilian who reported the matter to the authorities. Police called to the scene found the man was still hunting in the area. They proceeded to arrest him when they found the shot bird in his car. Pockets of the jacket he was wearing also contained feathers belonging to the dead bird. He is expected to be arraigned in court and criminally charged with violating wildlife protection laws. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/hunter-in-mizieb-caught-red-handed-with-shot-protected-bird.867850
Passi kontra Valletta jittieħdu mill-istituzzjonijiet mhux mill-politiċi – Camilleri Minn Paul Cachia
26 ta' April 2021
Ritratt fl-isfond: Miguela Xuereb
Il-Ministru għall-Intern Byron Camilleri qal li investigazzjonjiet fil-konfront tal-eks Deputat Kummissarju tal-Pulizija Silvio Valletta jistgħu jsiru mill-istituzzjonijiet u l-awtoritajiet li huma regolati mil-liġijiet, u mhux mill-politiċi. Silvio Valletta qed jiġi investigat Meta kien mistoqsi mid-deputat Nazzjonalista Karol Aquilina, il-Ministru naqas milli jsemmi x’passi se jittieħdu fil-konfront tal-eks Deputat Kummissarju tal-Pulizija. Silvio Valletta ċaħad kemm-il darba li kien hu li għadda informazzjoni tal-Pulizija lill-aħwa George u Alfred Degiorgio li qegħdin jiġu akkużati bl-assassinju tal-ġurnalista Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Former PL mayor to contest election on Nationalist Party ticket Charles Azzopardi will be competing in the seventh district under the Nationalist Party
25 April 2021, 9:34am by Nicole Meilak
Charles Azzopardi observing the vote-counting during a by-election in January
Former Labour Party mayor Charles Azzopardi will be contesting the next general election on the Nationalist Party ticket. Azzopardi, who lost a by-election for a parliamentary seat last January, announced on Sunday that he has been approved to contest with the Nationalist Party on the seventh electoral district. "I don't want to see Malta continue to be ruled on a lie by Joseph Muscat. A movement that promised an earthquake, as actually happened. A government of plots, frameups, scandals, impunity and corruption. For all this, the worker pays and the country's reputation suffers," he wrote on Facebook. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/109193/former_pl_mayor_to_contest_election_on_nationalist_party_ticket#.YIXjf5AzZPY
From Pilatus Bank to BT International: The agents and introducers of the IIP By Albert Galea & Nicole Meilak Sunday, 25 April 2021, From Pilatus Bank to BT International, Henley & Partners sought to set up introduction agreements across Malta in the hopes of raking in as many clients as possible. This is a story by The Malta Independent and MaltaToday.
Filmat: Id-dekriminalizzazzjoni tal-kannabis għażla ta’ kumdità li tgħażżen lill-bniedem – L-Isqof Teuma Minn Josita Dalli
25 ta' April 2021
Fl-omelija fis-Solennità Liturġika ta’ San Ġorġ Martri, l-Isqof ta’ Għawdex, Anton Teuma, nhar il-Ġimgħa, tkellem fuq id-dekriminalizzazzjoni tal-kannabis u saqsa jekk din l-għażla hix waħda favur il-ħajja, l-libertà jew is-salvazzjoni jew hux sempliċiment għażla ta’ kumdità, li lill-bniedem tkompli tgħażżnu. L-Isqof ta’ Għawdex qal kif din l-għażla se toqtol ix-xewqa tal-bnedmin li jkunu aħjar magħhom infushom u li l-għażla mhix waħda ta’ impenn. Qal ukoll kif din l-għażla teħles lill-komunità mir-responsabbiltà li għandha biex kull żagħżugħ u żagħżugħa, ikollu l-kapaċità minn ġewwa fih u mhux minn barra, li jsib is-sodisfazzjon, u l-milja tal-ħajja tiegħu.
The Basilica of Nadur Yesterday Photo by Mario Muscat
Jitnizzlu l-linef ghal festa
Ritratt minn Mario Muscat
Jibda jintrama l-Altar tal- kor ghal festa Ritratt minn Mario Muscat
Il-villagg Tal-Hali fin-Nadur jizzejjen ghal festa Ritratt minn Mario Muscat
Nadur in pictures Dahlet Qorrot Bay Photo by Mario Muscat
L' artal tas-Sagrament fin-Nadur Ritratt minn Mario Muscat
Qala windmill and Nadur skyline under a misty sunset By Alessio Sultana
Fountain at Xandriku Street Photo by Mario Muscat
Il vara ta' San Pietru u San Pawl mahduma minn Galard f' Marseille
Il vara ta San Pietru u San Pawl tan Nadur Ghawdex ingibet min Franza fil 1882. F dan ir ritat narawa kif kienet meta waslet l Ispirtu Santu zdied xi snin wara . Dan ir ritrat grazzi lil Darren Vella
Il-lum, 12 ta’ Mejju jaħbat il-153 sena mill-konsagrazzjoni tal-knisja. Il-Konsagrazzjoni ssir billi l-artal jindilek biż-żejt u jitwaħħlu dawk is-slaleb ta’ madwar il-knisja. Il-Konsagrazzjoni tfisser li dik l-art u l-binja tal-knisja ġew mogħtijin lil Alla. Bħalissa lanqas nistgħu nersqu wisq lejn il-knisja. Nistennew il-jum li nerġgħu niltaqgħu hemm. Sadanittant il-knisja kkonsagrata hija kull wieħed u waħda minna li qed nippruvaw inkunu Knisja fid-dar tagħna.
MOMORJI SBIEH TAL-HADD 25 GUNJU, 1967 Il-Parrocca tan-Nadur giet mgħollija ghad Dinjita ta' Bazilika Ritratt kortesija ta' Mario Muscat - Nadur
MEMORIES OF THE PAST IN NADUR Courtesy of Mario Muscat - Nadur
Mill lum c-centru tan-Nadur jerga jiehu ftit hajja meta mistennija jifthu certu hwienet. Dan wara li ghall-ahhar kwazi xahrejn kienu qed jifthu biss l-bank, spizeriji u hwienet tal-ikel, stationery u ironmongeries.
Nappellaw lil kulhadd biex xorta wahda jimxi mad-direttivi kollha tal-awtoritajiet tas-sahha u nirrispettaw lil xulxin.
The stripes flag to commemorate the Parish birthday in Nadur
Beautiful San Blas
By Mario Muscat
Canon Anton Meilaq passes away. Very much humble priest. RIP. http://www.nadurjana.com/in-memoriam.html Għadu kemm ħalliena l-Kan. Anton Meilak, mill-Parroċċa ta' San Pietru u San Pawl, in-Nadur, fl-età ta' 89 sena, li dan l-aħħar kien residenti fid-Dar tal-Kleru, Malta. Il-funeral tiegħu ser isir għada: l-Isqof Mario Grech ser jippresiedi waqt id-difna privata fiċ-Ċimiterju tan-Nadur. Agħtih, o Mulej, il-mistrieħ ta' dejjem.
NADUR IN PICTURES
By Mario Muscat Click on the pictures below to enlarge.
Nadur invokes Our Lady’s intercession Photo: Charles Spiteri
A 1689 painting depicting Our Lady breastfeeding Jesus has been placed near the main altar at St Peter and St Paul Basilica in Nadur to invoke Our Lady’s intercession against the COVID-19 pandemic. The painting, donated to the church on the occasion of the inauguration of the new parish in 1688, must have been commissioned by someone who most probably ex-perienced the 1675-1676 plague which left around 11,300 persons dead. However, Gozo, Lija and Mdina recorded no fatalities. Besides Our Lady, the painting depicts St Michael Archangel, St Roque and St Sebastian, and a lady on the bottom left-hand side, reciting the rosary. Since the Middle Ages, St Sebastian and St Roque were regarded as protectors from various epidemics, including the bubonic plague.
Old farm house in Upper Ramla
Photo by Mario Muscat
THE SHIELD OF THE CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Made by Chevalier Chancellor Joe Louis Meilak of the Grand Chapter of Malta. The shield will form part of the furniture in the Office of the Confraternity in Nadur, Gozo. Well done Chancellor Joe Louis Meilak. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL AND FRIENDS WE PRAY TO THE LORD
By Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master Greetings. Messages and prayers from our Reverend Chaplains
Dear All: What seems impossible to us Humans, prayers and supplications will rise like Incense before our merciful Father-God , because for God NOTHING is impossible.
May the Good Lord bless all Medical Teams to find a cure . One of the best prayers I would like to suggest is the Litany of the Saints.
I will keep all in my daily prayers.
Fr Francis Xavier Buhagiar PE Chaplain of the Confraternity St Peter and St. Paul MELBOURNE
Prayer to ask for help, comfort and salvation God the Father, Creator of the world, omnipotent and merciful, that for our love you have sent your Son into the world as a doctor of bodies and souls, look at your kids that at this difficult time of disorientation and consternation in many regions of Europe and the world turn to You in search of strength, salvation, and relief. Deliver us from sickness and fear, heals our patients, comforts his family members, gives wisdom to our rulers, energy and reward to doctors, nurses and volunteers, eternal life to the deceased. Don't abandon us in this time of trial, but deliver us from all evil. All this we ask of you, O Father who, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign for centuries. Amen. Santa Maria, Mother of health and hope, pray for us!
Bishops of Europe
Fr. Manuel Martins Chaplain of the Confraternity of St. Peter & St. Paul PORTUGAL
Litany of the Saints Lord, have mercy on us. CHRIST, have mercy on us. LORD, have mercy on us. CHRIST, hear us. CHRIST, graciously hear us. GOD, THE FATHER OF HEAVEN, have mercy on us. GOD THE SON, REDEEMER OF THE WORLD, have mercy on us. GOD THE HOLY GHOST, have mercy on us. HOLY TRINITY, ONE GOD, have mercy on us. HOLY MARY, pray for us. HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, pray for us. HOLY VIRGIN OF VIRGINS, pray for us. ST. MICHAEL, pray for us. ST. GABRIEL, pray for us. ST. RAPHAEL, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY ANGELS AND ARCHANGELS, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY ORDERS OF BLESSED SPIRITS, pray for us. ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, pray for us. ST. JOSEPH, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY PATRIARCHS AND PROPHETS, pray for us. ST. PETER, pray for us. ST. PAUL, pray for us. ST. ANDREW, pray for us. ST. JAMES, pray for us. ST. JOHN, pray for us. ST. THOMAS, pray for us. ST. JAMES, pray for us. ST. PHILIP, pray for us. ST. BARTHOLOMEW, pray for us. ST. MATTHEW, pray for us. ST. SIMON, pray for us. ST. THADDEUS, pray for us. ST. BARNABAS, pray for us. ST. LUKE, pray for us. ST. MARK, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY APOSTLES AND EVANGELIST, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY DISCIPLES OF OUR LORD, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY INNOCENTS, pray for us. ST. STEPHEN, pray for us. ST. LAWRENCE, pray for us. ST. VINCENT, pray for us. SS. FABIAN AND SEBASTIAN, pray for us. SS. JOHN AND PAUL, pray for us. SS. COSMOS AND DAMIAN, pray for us. SS. GERVASE AND PROTASE, pray for us. ALL YE HOLY MARTYRS, pray for us. ST. SYLVESTER, pray for us. ST. GREGORY, pray for us. ST. AMBROSE, pray for us. ST. AUGUSTINE, pray for us. ST. JEROME, pray for us. ST. MARTIN, pray for us. ST. NICHOLAS, pray for us. ST. ANTHONY, pray for us. ST. BENEDICT, pray for us. ST. BERNARD, pray for us. ST. DOMINIC, pray for us. ST. FRANCIS, pray for us. ST. MARY MAGDALEN, pray for us. ST. AGATHA, pray for us. ST. LUCY, pray for us. ST. AGNES, pray for us. ST. CECILIA, pray for us. ST. CATHERINE, pray for us. ST. ANASTASIA, pray for us.
San Koronatu fin-Nadur
Tissebbah in-nicca ta San Koronatu Martri li tinsab gewwa l-Bazilka tan-Nadur minn Mark Falzon.
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Grand Chapter of Melbourne. Today, the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul organized its Annual BBQ to raise money for charity. As always, it was a very successful event and all the patrons were very happy. Thank you to all the volunteers who came to help yesterday and today. God bless you all. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master and the Supreme Council.
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Our mission is to helping the poor in Peru. Medic by day, priest by night: a Gozitan missionary in the Amazon By John Paul Cordina.
Photo from left: Chevalier Joe Louis Meilak, Fr. Raymond Portelli and Chevalier Carmel Saliba presenting a donation to the mission in Peru.
What’s it like to be a doctor and a priest in one of the most remote cities on earth? Fr Raymond Portelli, a Gozitan priest who has called Peru his home for the past 26 years, recounted his experiences on 103 Malta’s Heart, on the programme Newsbook Hour presented by Fr Joe Borg. Fr Portelli is based in Iquitos, a city of around 400,000 people located in the Amazon basin. The city is the world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road: it is only accessible by river or air. Fr. Portelli is the parish priest of the St Martín de Porres parish, with a population of 18,000 people. Around a fifth of his parishioners are comfortably middle-class, but the vast majority are poor, with around a tenth living in extreme poverty. Households do have running water and electricity, but many live in simple wooden shacks on dirt roads. Due to the city’s isolation, job creation efforts are limited and unemployment is a significant problem. Many people try to eke out a living through fishing, agriculture or by selling trinkets on the streets of the city. Caring for the body and soul As the only priest in the parish – though a number of laypeople do help out – Fr Portelli seeks to look after his community’s pastoral needs. But he also identified another need: for healthcare. “I have always been interested in medicine, even before I joined the seminary,” he explains. Consequently, he obtained a dispensation from Gozo Bishop Nikol Cauchi to study medicine at Iquitos’ university part-time, and graduated as a medical doctor after nine years. He often sees patients at the parish, but notes that his parishioners clearly distinguish between his two roles. “They call me doctor by day, and father by night,” he notes. Helping out in the jungle Though he is based in the city, Fr Portelli regularly ventures outside the parish to provide religious and medical services to isolated communities along the Momón River, a small tributary of the Amazon. Travelling by speedboat to reach a series of tiny villages, with the most distant one 12 hours away, the priest encounters a completely different reality. These communities are virtually inaccessible most of the year, as a drop in water levels reduces the river to a muddy path, and are thus mostly self-reliant. People live in small huts with no doors – theft not being a concern in such an isolated place – in communities with no shops or facilities. Stocking up on medicines for the journey, Fr Portelli takes care of common ailments such as diabetes and malaria. If more serious health issues are identified, he offers to take patients to the city, but they often refuse, as they are unwilling to leave their families behind. Once all patients are treated, Fr Portelli holds a catechism session and celebrates mass, often illuminated by candlelight or kerosene lamps – electricity is unheard of so deep in the jungle. Though most are baptised Catholics, even non-Catholics attend mass out of respect. Living conditions may be harsh, but Fr Portelli also notes that there is a strong sense of community in these villages, with people helping each other out. Everyone knows everyone else, and everyone helps out whenever a new house is built. But every so often, village inhabitants try their luck in the city, effectively severing their ties with the community they grew up in. And as a result, they often feel lost among the city’s 400,000 inhabitants, struggling to fit in.
FLAG OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL
The flag of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul created by the Grand Master Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli and put in details by Ross Sabatini.
The flag is now registered as a Trade Mark in the Australian Federal Government IP Australia. Our aim is that one day the flag will fly in St. Peter Paul Square in Nadur during the feast of Mnarja.
Nadurama Poezija ta' Peter Paul Vella
Ghana fic-Centru Kulturali Malti gewwa Melbourne, l' Awstralja
Kelinu Vella Haber (1913-2014) Imwieled fin-Nadur fl-1 ta’ Ottubru tal-1913, Kelinu, kif ħafna kienu jsibuh, kien wieħed mill-aktar Nadurin li taw sehem attiv fit-tiswir u t-tisħiħ tal-ilsien Malti matul is-seklu għoxrin. Kien edukat fisSeminarju t’Għawdex u wara filKulleġġ tal-Ġiżwiti f’Birkirkara. Għamel xi żmien novizz mas-Soċjetà Missjunarja ta’ San Pawl u kien hemm li ltaqa’ mal-poeta Karmenu Vassallo. Fost il-ħafna inizzjattivi siewja tiegħu favur il-Malti, huwa waqqaf ‘ix-Xirka għat-Tixrid tal-Ilsien Malti’, u miegħu kien hemm Anton Buttigieg, Ġużè Bonnici, Ġużè Chetcuti u Ġorġ Pisani, li nislu wkoll huwa min-Nadur. L-ewwel laqgħa saret fil-15 ta’ Jannar 1939. Fl-1940 Vella Haber waqqaf din ix-Xirka wkoll ġewwa n-Nadur u din ħadmet bis-sħiħ favur aktar edukazzjoni u tixrid tal-lingwa Maltija kif ukoll biex jinxtered il-litteriżmu. Dan għen lil ħafna żgħażagħ kif ukoll lill-isforzi favur l-emanċipazzjoni tal-mara. Ħeġġeġ ħafna żgħażagħ jibdew jiktbu u mbagħad il-kitba tagħhom kienet tinqara fuq irrediffusion. Fost iż-żgħażagħ li kienu msieħba u ffurmata fl-għaqda li waqqaf Kelinu nsibu persunaġġi bħal Guido De Marco, Charles Camilleri u Frans Ebejer. Kien ukoll membru għal xi żmien fl-Assemblea Nazzjonali tal-Gvern. Miet nhar it-28 ta’ Jannar 2014, fl-età ta’ 100 sena.1 Bħala rikonoxximent tal-ħimda tiegħu kien ingħata Ġieħ irRepubblika fl-1997 mill-President tar-Repubblika l-Eċċ. T. Dr Ugo Mifsud Bonnici.
Fost il-ħafna kitbiet tiegħu, in-Nadur kellu post prominenti. Forsi l-aktar li jispikkaw huma l-folkdrama ‘Nadurjana’ u l-poemett bl-istess isem: ‘Nadurjana’. Il-folkdrama ‘Nadurjana’ li huwa kiteb bħala rakkont f’650 vers joħroġ fil-beraħ il-karattru tan-Nadur u n-Nadurin, dejjem marbuta mal-baħar u mal-agrikultura. Dan kollu fl-isfond tal-istorja li tibda miż-żmien tal-qedem u li twaħħad fiha l-kult lejn San Pietru u San Pawl ma’ dak pagan. Dan irrakkont jimxi mbagħad maż-żmien tal-ħbit tal-furbani, tattwelid tal-parroċċa, taż-żmien li fih saru l-qniepen fl-1815, iċ-ċelebrazzjoni tal-Imnarja fil-Buskett, li inċidentalment qed tagħlaq tliet mitt sena (kien fl-1720, skont ma jikteb Giovanni Agius de Soldanis li l-Imnarja bdiet tiġi ċċelebrata b’dan il-mod fil-Buskett), għall-bini tal-knisja, it-tkabbir tagħha u l-leġġendi marbuta mar-raħal. Hawn se nagħti silta ċkejkna ħafna li anke toħroġ fil-beraħ il-kuntest li fiha nkitbet. Billi din il-folkdrama nkitbet għall-okkażjoni tal-festi triċentinarji mit-twaqqif tal-parroċċa fl-1688, u billi dak iż-żmien qamet il-kwistjoni pjuttost taħraq bejn in-Nadur u l-Qala dwar min minnhom kellu leġittimament jiċċelebra t-300 sena tiegħu, Vella Haber kiteb hekk:
‘In-Nadur kien sar parroċċa maqdes bnew in-Nadurin għax kien ġie Cocco Palmeri amar fis lil Bernardin knisja ibni mar amarlu f’dik il-wesgħa ta’ Nadur qim ġie’ fiha ’l Pietru u Pawlu sadattant aħraq il-bħur ġewwa l-Qala l-Kunċizzjoni fost il-poplu żomm l-unjoni.2
Fih ukoll dawn il-versi patrijottiċi: Jiddomina n-Nadur tagħna minn kull fejn tħares lejh kif mill-port ta’ Malta toħroġ dlonk jisraqlek dwal għajnejk!
Iktar ma qribu tersaq iktar ’il fuq jogħla u kien minħabba f’hekk li nħatar biex għall-Għawdxin ikun gardjola!
Il-widien u l-miġriet tiegħek il-għerien u l-bajjiet ismijiet ta’ nisel juru minn tal-eqdem żminijiet kif il-ġonna u l-kampanja it-triqat l-inħawi sbieħ ismijiet tal-qedem għandhom jixhdu nisel xiħ bis-sħiħ!
Għaċ-ċelebrazzjonijiet tas-sena tal-Fidi u tal-1900 sena mill-martirju ta’ San Pietru u San Pawl kienu saru festi kbar fin-Nadur, li l-Knisja Kolleġġjata tiegħu kienet għadha 2 Duminku Camilleri, 125 Sena Kkonsagrata. 125 Sena Bażilika, Vigilat 4, (Nadur 1992), 86-98.
hemm ġiet mgħollija għad-dinjità ta’ Bażilika Minuri. Waqt Akkademja mużiko-letterarja nhar il-Ħamis 27 ta’ Ġunju 1968 kienet inqrat il-peożija ta’ Vella Haber li ġġib l-istess isem ‘Nadurjana’. Dan huwa wkoll xogħol patrijottiku fuq l-istess temi ta’ dak imsemmi aktar ’il fuq:
Wiret in-Nadur fuqani l-isbaħ u l-ogħla fost kull panorama li jiflaħ joffri l-arċipelagu tagħna ... ... In-Nadur kiseb foħrija kiseb ġmiel u dija kiseb ruħ Nadurija mill-erwieħ tal-Għawdxin l-oħra.
3 Fost diversi poeżiji oħrajn li huwa kiteb dwar in-Nadur insibu għadd fil-ktieb ta’ Karm Caruana In-Nadur u t-Tempju Tiegħu Monumentali. ‘Il-Bajja ta’ San Blas’ li hija ddedikata lil Girgor Buttigieg ‘Naduri li għex u miet ta’ qaddis,’ u fiha jiddeskrivi l-bajja bħala ‘s-sebħ u l-kobor tan-Nadur,’ blistess stil romantiku ta’ poeti oħrajn ta’ qablu: ‘San Blas nitgħaxxaq bik: / Seħer il-ħajja nsibu kollu fik!’4
Imbagħad insibu wkoll diversi poeżiji oħrajn b’laqta patrijottika. Vella Haber kiteb ‘Il-Kanuni tan-Nadur’ bħala ‘tifkira tal-Professur Lazzru Pisani li Pitter ilMaqdes tan-Nadur.’ Fiha l-kanuni li xi darba kienu jisparaw fuq ‘il-misħut Nofs Qamar’ sabiex jiddefendu lir-reliġjon Nisranija, issa jinsabu sektin. Kanuni oħrajn ‘qniepen saru,’ b’referenza għall-manuvra li kien għamel il-kappillan Dun Anton Scasciato (1772-1834) fl-18151816 meta rnexxielu jakkwista kanuni bil-permess tal Gvernatur Sir Thomas Maitland (1760-1824) sabiex jagħmilhom qniepen ġodda.5 F’ ‘Żernieq il-Maqdes tanNadur’ iddedikata bħala ‘Bukkett qronfol lill-Professur F.S. Sciortino’, il-poeta jibda mill-leġġenda tal-bini talKnisja meta Girgor għabba l-ħmara bil-ġebel u fejn din waqfet, allura nbniet din il-binja u jinfexx f’ħafna tifħir:
Maqdes gwapp ħafna n-Nadur inbena Nixxiegħa sar tal-ogħla sebħ u faħar; Ġieħ dan il-maqdes jiktor, le jinfena.
6 Fuq laqta reliġjuża, fil-poeżija ‘Luminaria Magna’, ‘B’tifkira u żżih il-ħajr lill-Artista Piju Cellini’, Vella Haber jeżalta lil San Pietru u San Pawl fil-ġrajjiet ta’ Attila s-Salvaġġ. Kienu huma li ‘ħarġu għalih bil-qilla, / ħanqu lill-għadu bir-rabtiet tal-lġiem.’ Hekk ukoll ‘aħna nirbħu żgur ... il-Kruċjata Mqaddsa ...’ Dan kollu bit-tarka tal-Imnarja, voldieri tażżewġt idwal li huma San Pietru u San Pawl.7
Anke fix-xogħol tiegħu ‘Quddiem San Koronatu Martri. Fit-Tempju Monumentali tan-Nadur,’ Kelinu jinseġ għanja ta’ tifħir lil dan il-bniedem li sa minn żmien ilu n-Nadurin qisuh bħala Kon-Patrun tagħhom flimkien ma’ San Pietru u San Pawl:
L-osservazzjoni li jagħmel meta jikteb li ‘mhux ta’ b’xejn b’ismek imgħammda / ħafna wlied minn tan-Nadur!’ kienet tapplika b’mod tajjeb għall-1953 meta dehret din il-poeżija ppubblikata, iżda llum iż-żminijiet inbidlu u huma ftit jekk xejn, dawk it-tfal Nadurin li jiġu msemmija għal San Koronatu. Jolqtok ukoll kif Vella Haber jitratta mal-fatt li ma nafu xejn dwar dan il-korp, iżda hu joħroġ b’dan: ‘Aktar m’Int mostur u moħbi, / aktar fostna sirt magħruf ...’ U tassew għaliex f’dawn iż-żminijiet li fih kien qed jikteb San Koronatu kien għad għandu ħafna popolarità fin-Nadur, xi ħaġa li bħal dik tal-ismijiet, illum ixxejnet ukoll.
3 Duminku Camilleri, 200 Sena mit-Twelid ta’ l-E.T. Mons. M. Buttigieg. 100 Sena Arċipretali, Vigilat 5, (Nadur 1993), 94-95. 4 Karm Caruana, In-Nadur u t-Tempju Tiegħu Monumentali, (Nadur 1953), 23.
5 Ibid., 120 6 Ibid., 125 7 Ibid., 133. Kelinu Vella Haber jingħata ġieħ mill-Akkademja tal-Malti f'għeluq il-mitt sena tiegħu - 2013 Storja, Kultura u Attwalità36
'In-Nadur' Poezija ta' Patri Mattew Sultana
Jekk f’sidri nħoss nifs qawwi, Jekk bqajt sal-lum bil-ferħ qalbi trid tfur, Ngħid li mill-arja, mid-dehriet ta’ seħer U l-ħlewwa tan-Nadur.
Fejn il-ħolqien jitbissem Kont nilmaħ qalb dawk l-oqsma, żara’ u ħdura; Widien, għoljiet, siġar tal-frott fejn tħares; Kemm xtaqtni ma ġejtx lura!
X’jiem hienja! X’jiem ta’ seħer, F’raħal sabiħ, f’ġenna tal-art qattajt! Sirt naf in-nies, tħabbibt, ħabbejt, ħabbewni; Nies bħalhom, ftit, jekk rajt! Sal-lum bqajt nistħajjilni
Inħoss il-fewġa tonfoħ f’dawk l-ibruħ, Tmelles fuq wiċċi u fuq uċuh ir-raba’ U nħossha ‘ttini r-ruħ. U għalkemm minkejja fija
Tlaqt f’qasir żmien u ’l min sirt naf ħallejt, Ġmiel in-natura mżiegħed f’dawk l-inħawi U r-raħal qatt ma nsejt. Għax dawn in-nies dħulija ...
Maqdes San Pietru Pawl, ġmiel kull fejn tmur, Ħallewni noħlom b’dawk il-jiem mgħoddija F’dil-‘Ġenna ta’ Nadur’.
Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi receives Gieh in-Nadur 23 November, 2019
Members of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul of the Grand Chapter of Malta, during the presentation of Gieh in Nadur to Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi Deputy Chancellor.
Photo from left: Chevalier Adonai Camilleri Cauchi, Dame Marlene Muscat, Chevalier Carmel Saliba, Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi, Chevalier Chancellor Joseph Louis Meilak, Brother Matthias Mercieca and Dame Veronica Camilleri Cauchi.
Message from the Grand Master H.E. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli
Photo: The Secretary Chevalier Carmel Saliba is reading the message from the Grand Master for the presentation of Gieh in Nadur to Chevalier Deputy Chancellor Michael Camilleri Cauchi.
The Grand Master His Excellency Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli and the Supreme Council of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul is very honoured to have Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi one of its own.
He has been a very dedicated and honourable member of our Confraternity. He is always ready to give advice to help our Confraternity to achieve more.
We are very happy to say that on Tuesday this week, we donated $10,000 to the Royal Women’s Hospital - Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The money was raised from a Fund Raising Lunch we had last month and some donations from individuals and sponsors.
This year we donated others sums of money to the Australian Farmers who were suffering from drought-ravaged part of the State of Victoria and to our missions in Peru.
Our Confraternity is still small but it’s making a big impact to help those in need.
We like to Congratulate Chevalier Michael Camilleri Cauchi, on receiving the honour Gieh in-Nadur 2019.
God bless you.
H.E. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP
Gozo Channel ship damaged after crashing into pier - MinisterMonday, 25 November 2019, Gozo Channel is operating with only two ships after one of the ferries was damaged today due to the strong winds and rough seas, Gozo Minister Justyne Caruana told Parliament. It had already been announced that the MV Nikolaus, which was leased by the company to operate as a fourth vessel, was to undergo repair work that will last till mid-December. The company was operating with three vessels until this morning when one of the remaining three ships was damaged and needs repair work.
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Melbourne. Australia. By Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master
On Tuesday 19 November, 2019 the Members of the Supreme Council of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul made a generous donation of $10,000 to the Royal Women's Hospital - Newborn Intensive Care Unit.
Every year more than1,600 babies who are born sick or prematurely are cared for by the specialist NICU team at the Women's.
The money was raised from a Lunch organised by theGrand Chapter of Melbourne on the 13 of October, 2019.
The Supreme Council has agreed to donate money to the Royal Melbourne Children's Hospital at the Good Friday Appeal.
Photo from left: Chevalier Saverio Greto, Dame Gail Vas, Dame Carmela Barbaro, Chevalier Vincenzo Galtieri. H.E. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli - Grand Master presenting the cheque to Sue Jacobs Deputy Clinical Director - Neonatal Paediatrician, Laura Bignell Chief Midwifery and Nursing Officer, Dame Angela Greto and Dame Mimma Sabatini.
The Most Respected Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul. Grand Chapter of Malta. Address: December 13 Street. Nadur, Gozo. 22 September, 2019
Congratulations to our Members in Malta for doing such a great job in helping the poor in Peru. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP
The mission of the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul is to help the poor and the sick
HELPING THE POOR IN PERU
Yesterday Bishop Giovanni Cefai a missionary priest in Peru celebrated Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter and St. Paul in Nadur. After the Mass the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter and St. Paul donated money to his mission. Thanks to the Supreme Council of the Confraternity in Melbourne and the Grand Chapter of Nadur for the money. Thanks also to Mons. Jimmy Xerri Parish Priest of Nadur for his support.
This was the second time that the Confraternity donated money to missions in Peru in the last couple of months.
God bless His Excellency Bishop Giovanni Cefai for his work to help the poor and the sick.
God bless the Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter and St. Paul. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP
Dahlet Qorrot Bay from Sopu Tower in San Blas Nadur, Gozo. Malta.
Nadur Bailica Church from San Blas
Sopu Tower built in 1667 by the Knights of Malta
Sopu Tower is situated on the cliffs between St. Blas and Dahlet Qorrot bays in Nadur.
Black statue of St. Peter on the throne
I saw this statue while visiting the church of St Anselm and St Cecilia Roman Catholic church in Kingsway, Holborn, London.
Just like the one in Rome and Nadur.
CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Nadur. Gozo. A meeting of the Confraternity was held in the Nadur Council Board Room on Monday 24th June where two newly Knights were appointed by Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP of the Confraternity of the Knights of St Peter and Paul. These are Chev Joe M. Attard of Rabat Gozo and Chev Joe Meilaq. Congratulations. Photos Copyright Carmel Saliba 24.6.19.
After the meeting of the Confraternity of the Knights of St Peter and Paul we attended for the 25th Anniversary Mass of Fr Raymond Portelli at Nadur Basilica. Donations to Fr Raymond were presented to be used in his mission in Peru. Congratulations to Fr Raymond. Photos Copyright Carmel Saliba 24.6.19.