Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul Six more chapters to open in Europe and South America 13 January, 2022
It was announced yesterday by His Excellency Chevalier The Rt. Rev. Dr. Archimandrite Andrew Vujisić, Deputy Grand Master for the Orthodox Community and Chevalier Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter DiLeo-Vulic - Grand Prior for Puerto Rico that three chapters of the Confraternity will open by the Orthodox Church in Northern Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and another in Central America. The Grand Master His Excellency Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli was pleased by the announcement and approved a new chapter in Brazil and in Valencia.
This is great news for the Confraternity. Hopefully one day after the end of the Covid pandemic, we have another knights meeting in Nadur during the celebration of the feast of St. Peter & St. Paul. Download the file and read the message by Chevalier The Rt. Rev. Dr. Archimandrite Andrew Vujisić - Deputy Grand Master.
NEWS FROM MALTA Roberta Metsola elected as European Parliament President with overwhelming majority Kevin Schembri Orland & Albert Galea Tuesday, 18 January 2022,
PN MEP Roberta Metsola has become the first Maltese person to hold the post of European Parliament President after achieving an overwhelming majority in an election held between MEPs in Strasbourg on Monday. She achieved a total of 458 votes from 616 valid votes - far above the absolutely majority of 309 which was required. It is the equivalent of 74.3% of the votes cast. She becomes the youngest ever EU Parliament President. Alice Bah Kuhnke (from the Greens/EFA) received 101 votes, while Sira Rego (from The Left) received 57 votes. Kosma Zlotowski (from the ECR) withdrew his candidacy at the last minute. The news was greeted with raptorous applause, as MEPs gave Metsola a standing ovation - and some even sang her Happy Birthday, with today being her birthday - as she took the President's chair in the Parliament. Metsola was elected to the European Parliament in 2013 and has been there ever since. She became the first Vice-President of the European Parliament to come from Malta in November 2020. She comes from the EU Parliament’s largest political group, the European People’s Party. Metsola, in her role as First Vice President, had taken over the duties of the President of the European Parliament earlier this month after David Sassoli, who was the sitting President, tragically passed away in Italy while in hospital. Read more: www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-01-18/local-news/Metsola-favourite-to-be-next-European-Parliament-President-in-vote-to-be-taken-today-6736239868
Roberta Metsola elected European Parliament president Roberta Metsola gets an absolute majority of votes on the first round and is elected European Parliament president • She is first woman since 1999 to occupy role of EP president
Last updated on 18 January 2022, 12:44pm by Nicole Meilak MEPs applaud as Roberta Metsola is declared winner in the vote to become the European Parliament's next president
Congratulations pour in as Roberta Metsola is elected European Parliament president Politicians congratulate Robert Metsola for securing the European Parliament Presidency with an absolute majority on the first round
18 January 2022, 11:37am by Laura Calleja Roberta Metsola
Min hi Roberta Metsola? Minn Mario Micallef 18 ta' Jannar 2022
Read in English Twieldet bħal-lum 43 sena ilu. Bint Geoffrey u Rita, Roberta Metsola trabbiet il-Gżira f’familja ta’ tliet aħwa bniet. Minkejja li familtha mhi involuta xejn fil-politika, trabbiet fl-attiviżmu politiku. Sa miż-żgħożija bħala studenta fl-iskola St Joseph, il-Kulleġġ San Alwiġi u aktar tard l-Università kienet tinvolvi ruħha f’issues edukattivi, soċjali u politiċi. Dan qarribha aktar lejn għaqdiet tal-istudenti u ż-żgħażagħ. L-involviment politiku ta’ Roberta beda jiġi mżewwaq bejn il-politika lokali u dik Ewropea, fosthom meta ġiet eletta Segretarju Ġenerali tal-European Democrat Students. Fl-istess waqt, bdiet tinvolvi ruħha aktar fi strutturi tal-Partit Nazzjonalista. Jekk kien l-attiviżmu tal-ħajja bħala studenta li daħħal lil Roberta fil-politika, daqstant ieħor l-istudji tagħha ffukaw fuq il-politika. Hi gradwat fil-liġi, għamlet teżi dwar is-sistema elettorali u mbagħad gradwat b’Masters degree mill-College of Europe fi Bruges fejn speċjalizzat fil-politika u l-liġi Ewropea. Fl-2013 ġiet eletta bħala membru Parlamentari Ewropew Kien f’Ġunju tal-2004, meta l-Maltin ivvutaw għall-ewwel darba fl-elezzjonijiet tal-Parlament Ewropew, li hi kkontestat għall-ewwel darba. Dakinhar ma ġietx eletta. Kien fl-2013 meta Dr Metsola ġiet eletta bħala membru Parlamentari Ewropew f’elezzjoni każwali wara r-riżenja ta’ Simon Busuttil li sar Kap tal-Partit Nazzjonalista. Fiż-żewġ elezzjonijiet ta’ wara ġiet eletta bħala membru parlamentari Ewropew, bl-akbar ammont ta’ voti mill-kandidati tal-Partit Nazzjonalista. F’disa’ snin kemm ilha fil-Parlament Ewropew, ġiet fdata b’diversi rwoli, fosthom viċi Ko-ordinatur tal-Partit Popolari Ewropew fil-Kumitat tal-Libertajiet Ċivili, Ġustizzja u Intern; Viċi Chairperson tal-Kumitat dwar il-petizzjonijet; fasslet u kitbet rapport u liġijiet Ewropej fosthom dwar it-tisħiħ tal-fruntieri u l-immigrazzjoni, id-drittijiet tal-konsumatur, kontra d-diskrimazzjoni, is-sigurtà fuq l-internet, il-fondi Ewropej u t-turiżmu. Ġiet magħżula bħala waħda mill-aktar politiċi influwenti Ġiet rikonoxxuta għax-xogħol tagħha fosthom billi ntgħażlet bħala l-Membru Parlamentari Ewropew għal sentejn fuq xulxin, u anki ġiet magħżula bħala waħda mill-aktar politiċi influwenti u attivi fl-irwol tagħha ta’ MEP. Fl-2020 ġiet eletta l-ewwel Viċi President tal-Parlament Ewropew F’Novembru 2020 ġiet eletta l-ewwel Viċi President tal-Parlament Ewropew. F’Novembru tas-sena li għaddiet, wara elezzjoni fil-Partit Popolari Ewropew intgħażlet bi kważi żewġ terzi tal-voti biex tkun kandidata tal-PPE għal din l-elezzjoni ta’ President tal-Parlament Ewropew. Kienet il-politika stess li laqqagħha ma’ żewġha. Illum għandhom erbat itfal subien, l-akbar wieħed ta’ 14-il sena u l-iżgħar ta’ 5 snin.
Żabbar man accused of attempting to murder wife with chisel The court recommended the accused be held at the forensic section of Mount Carmel Hospital
18 January 2022, 12:14pm by Matthew Agius
A man from Żabbar has denied stabbing and attempting to kill his wife with a chisel in a domestic violence incident. Police inspectors Darryl Farr and Sherona Buhagiar, assisted by prosecutor Kaylie Bonett from the office of the Attorney General told magistrate Rachel Montebello how on 14 January, Żabbar police had been informed that a woman had been stabbed. Officers went to scene and found her on the floor surrounded by three men. Two of the men were later identified as the victim’s children and the other man as her husband. The court was told that statements were taken from the men, with the children telling the police that they had seen their father attacking their mother with a chisel. They had added that their father suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and so the accused was initially taken to Mount Carmel hospital. Magistrate Ian Farrugia was carrying out an inquiry into the incident, inspector Farr said. After his discharge from the hospital, the accused was questioned by police and did not answer any questions, the inspector added. The court warned the accused that he was being charged with a serious offence, informing him that he had the right to remain silent and that anything he said could be brought as evidence against him. The accused, who told the court he worked as a technical officer, pleaded not guilty. Both prosecution and defence asked the court to order a ban on the publication of the name of the accused or the victim. The court immediately upheld this request in view of the nature of the charges and the case, imposing a ban on the publication of the name of the accused and the victim. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/114460/abbar_man_accused_of_attempting_to_murder_wife_with_chisel#.YecrGf5BxPY
[WATCH] ‘I look forward to working with Roberta Metsola at EU level’ – Robert Abela Prime Minister Robert Abela in Strasbourg for David Sassoli memorial ceremony, wishes Roberta Metsola good luck in her candidacy for President of the European Parliament
17 January 2022, by Nicole Meilak
Play VideoAs the election for a new president of the European Parliament comes up, Prime Minister Robert Abela told journalists that he's looking forward to working with Roberta Metsola on a European level but also for the national interest. “I would like to wish Roberta Metsola good luck and that she may succeed in her candidacy. I’m sure from tomorrow we can speak about her proudly as the President of the European Parliament." Abela is in Strasbourg to attend a memorial ceremony for David Sassoli, who died on 11 January due to health complications following a bout of pnuemonia. While at the European Parliament, Abela met with Roberta Metsola personally in what he described was a 'positive meeting' with her. Read more and play video here: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/114452/watch_i_look_forward_to_working_with_roberta_metsola_at_eu_level__robert_abela#.YeXUgv5BxPY
Puma, black panther in suspected dog attack at Għajnsielem house Two wildcats kept in a residence in Għajnsielem are confiscated and the owner is being investigated by the police and animal welfare officials over lack of permits
17 January 2022, by Karl Azzopardi
A puma and black panther have been confiscated in Gozo after a suspected attack on a dog as authorities investigate the owner for lacking the necessary permits. Animal Rights Minister Anton Refalo confirmed in parliament on Monday that an investigation on the case is ongoing. He also confirmed that a dog had been injured at a residence where exotic animals were kept. In official replies to this newspaper, the police confirmed that their assistance was requested by the Animal Welfare Department in their investigations of “alleged irregularities regarding possession of exotic animals in Għajnsielem.” Sources close to the investigation told MaltaToday that the wildcats were found in a residence in Għajnsielem and were not covered by the necessary permits and documentation. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/114451/puma_black_panther_in_suspected_dog_attack_at_gajnsielem_house#.YeXVT_5BxPY
Karozza tibqa’ dieħla f’vetrina ta’ ħanut fil-Ħamrun; raġel l-isptar Minn Mark Camenzuli
17 ta' Jannar 2022
Ritratt: firstname.lastname@example.org Read in English. Raġel ta’ 58 sena weġġa’ wara li ntlaqat minn karozza fi triq ewlenija fil-Ħamrun. Kelliem għall-Pulizija spjega li l-inċident seħħ għall-ħabta tal-4.45pm fi Triq il-Kbira San Ġużepp. L-inċident seħħ meta l-karozza, misjuqa minn mara ta’ 47 sena residenti l-Pietà, baqgħet dieħla ġo vetrina ta’ ħanut tal-appliances, u laqtet lir-raġel. Fuq il-post marru tim mediku li taw l-ewwel għajnuna lir-raġel, u ambulanza ħaditu l-Isptar Mater Dei. Il-kundizzjoni tiegħu għadha mhix magħrufa. Aqra iktar: https://newsbook.com.mt/karozza-tibqa-diehla-fvetrina-ta-hanut-fil-hamrun/
Community policing team effort making Marsa a safer place Sabrina Zammit Sunday, 16 January 2022, In 2019 community policing was introduced in Mellieha as a pilot project. By March of last year, there were already 12 localities that were benefiting from such a scheme. Marsa was one of the localities that was next on the agenda for community policing. In March of 2021, when speaking about Marsa and Hamrun, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said that one only needs to speak to the residents of the two localities to come to terms with the issues they face because of the large presence of irregular migrants. Today, seven months from its implementation, The Malta Independent on Sunday met with the Marsa Community Policing Team, who spoke about the challenges they faced along the way and the solutions they have come up with. Read more: www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-01-16/local-news/Community-policing-team-effort-making-Marsa-a-safer-place-6736239812
Abner attakka żewġt irġiel qabel qatel lil Paulina Imtella' Jannar 16, 2022Is-suspettat qattiel ta’ Paulina Dembska, Abner Aquilina pprova jattakka żewġt irġielqabel ma qatel u stupra lit-tfajla Pollakka. Dan ġie rrappurtat mill-ġurnal ‘Times of Malta’, li qal li skont l-investigaturi tal-każ iż-żagħżugħ ta’ 20 sena jidher li għaddej minn kriżi sesswali. Tant, li qed jiġi investigat jekk fl-imgħoddi Abner kellux rabtiet mal-prostituzzjoni. Sorsi qrib l-investigazzjoni qalu li possibbilment fl-imgħoddi Abner iffastidja kemm irġiel kif ukoll nisa, u li allegatament mess mal-prostituzzjoni bil-għan li jkun jista’ jixtri d-droga. Il-Pulizija qalet li għandha biżżejjed evidenza li turi li qabel Abner ħasad il-ħajja ta’ Dembska pprova jattakka żewġt irġiel max-xatt tal-Balluta. Qalet, iżda, li l-identità tagħhom għadha mhix magħrufa. F’konferenza tal-aħbarijiet qabel ma’ Abner tressaq il-Qorti mixli bil-qtil u l-istupru ta’ Dembska, il-kelliem għall-Pulizija Brandon Pisani qal li mill-investigazzjonijiet tal-Pulizija rriżulta li dan il-każ ma kienx premeditat. Żied, li f’dan id-delitt la kien hemm target speċifiku, la kien hemm target fuq xi sess partikolari tal-persuna u lanqas il-vittma ma kienet target speċifiku. Ġie kkonfermat, li ma kienx hemm rabta bejn l-allegat suspettat u l-vittma. L-akkużat bil-qtil ta’ Paulina mill-ġdid jinsab fl-Isptar Monte Karmeli taħt arrest. Sorsi qalu lil dan l-istazzjon li l-ġuvni jirriżulta li waqaf jattendi għas-sessjonijiet psikoterapewtiċi madwar sentejn ilu, filwaqt li allegatament huwa ffastidja numru ta’ nisa, fosthom infermiera, meta kien rikoverat fl-Isptar Monte Karmeli fil-jiem ta’ wara d-delitt. Paulina Dembska nqatlet l-għada tal-Ewwel tas-Sena għall-ħabta tal-5.30am fi Ġnien l-Indipendenza u fi żmien siegħa s-suspettat kien f’idejn il-Pulizija. Aqra iktar hawn: www.tvm.com.mt/mt/news/abner-attakka-zewgt-irgiel-qabel-qatel-lil-paulina/
“Ġabu l-Air Malta każin tal-PL”; “Problemi minn żmien il-PN”
Minn Gavin Muscat
15 ta' Jannar 2022 6:25 PM Read in English. Il-Membru Parlamentari Laburista Jonathan Attard allega li l-problemi fl-Air Malta bdew meta l-Partit Nazzjonalista kien fil-Gvern. filwaqt li l-MP Nazzjonalista Jason Azzopardi qal li l-Air Malta spiċċat każin tal-Partit Laburista. Dan qalu waqt dibattitu fil-programm ta’ Andrew Azzopardi fuq 103 Malta’s Heart. Ilbieraħ, il-Ministru għall-Finanzi Clyde Caruana ħabbar li nofs il-ħaddiema tal-linja tal-ajru se jitneħħew bħala parti minn pjan ta’ ristrutturar. Aqra aktar: Il-ħaddiema tal-Air Malta se jitnaqqsu bin-nofs Hu saħaq li din id-deċiżjoni kienet intenzjonata biex il-futur tal-kumpanija jkun żgurat bħalma se jkun żgurat li l-ħaddiema li se jitneħħew se jinsabilhom xogħol. “Kien ċar li l-mudell ma kienx qed jirnexxi u l-Gvern ma wasalx biss biex ineħħi l-ħaddiema imma ra li kien hemm bżonn bidla fil-pagi tal-Kapijiet Eżekuttivi,” stqarr Attard. Madanakollu, Azzopardi fakkar li fl-2019, l-eks Ministru Konrad Mizzi wiegħed li l-ebda ħaddiem fl-Air Malta mhu se jitlef xogħlu grazzi għall-investiment tal-Gvern fil-linja tal-ajru. Hu argumenta li l-General Workers Union (GWU) xxaqqleb lejn il-Partit Laburista u li fl-2010, kienet voċifera fuq il-pjan ta’ ristrutturar tal-Air Malta imma din id-darba, ma qalet xejn. Aqra iktar: newsbook.com.mt/gabu-l-air-malta-kazin-tal-pl-problemi-minn-zmien-il-pn/
‘Sa nofs din is-sena tkun saret’ – Abela fuq l-elezzjoni Minn John Paul Cordina
15 ta' Jannar 2022
Il-Prim Ministru Robert Abela indika li l-elezzjoni ġenerali li jmiss sa sseħħ qabel l-aħħar ta’ Ġunju f’attività politika is-Sibt filgħaxija. “Sa nofs din is-sena tkun saret,” qal Abela b’risposta għal mistoqsija mill-ġurnalist Fabian Demicoli. L-ewwel risposta ta’ Abela kienet waħda pjuttost sarkastika – “suppost mhux fis-27 ta’ Novembru saret?” – b’riferenza għal spekulazzjoni li kienet qed iddur lejn l-aħħar tal-2021. Din l-ispekulazzjoni nxterdet bis-saħħa ta’ sorsi minn ħdan il-Partit Laburista li tkellmu ma’ ġurnalisti varji, u qatt ma kienu miċħuda minn Abela qabel ma’ kien tard wisq biex tissejjaħ elezzjoni dak iż-żmien. Aqra iktar: newsbook.com.mt/live-il-pm-intervistat-fuq-one/
Valletta shops fighting eviction claim Church, not State, owns land Shopkeepers tell court land outside St John Cathedral grnted to Catholic Church by Napoleon Bonaparte
14 January 2022, by Matthew Agius Valletta shops are facing eviction due to security concerns for the Cathedral museum extension
Lawyers for a group of Valletta business owners who are fighting eviction by the Lands Department, in order to make way for a €10 million project, have claimed before the Administrative Review Tribunal that the land in question does not even belong to the State, but to the Church, making reference to a contract dating back to Napoleonic times. Magistrate Charmaine Galea presided over the first sittings of a group of cases filed by several Valletta business owners served with eviction notices late last year. In December, MaltaToday reported that the Lands Authority had started terminating commercial leases for shops around the St John’s Co-Cathedral, in connection with the Cathedral museum project’s security. Letters of termination were issued to shops on St Lucy Street in Valletta, many of them long established, informing shopkeepers that their tenancies were coming to an end. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/114379/valletta_shops_fighting_eviction_claim_church_not_state_owns_land#.YeHjGv5BxPY
Air Malta's staff to be slashed by half as government goes on last ditch effort to save airline
Kevin Schembri OrlandFriday, 14 January 2022, Air Malta is going to reduce its staff complement by over 400, which amounts to around half of the personnel, Finance Minister Clyde Caruana announced on Friday. The national airline currently has 890 employees. The government will launch voluntary transfer schemes in order to achieve this goal, offering the employees jobs in the public sector. It will be offering voluntary transfer schemes to administrative staff and cabin crew starting from Monday, with the aim of around 110-120 being transferred out of the company to other government sectors. Air Malta also plans to completely close its ground handling operation, and the 300 employees will be offered a similar scheme later down the line, with this planned to take place in the second quarter of this year. These cuts will mean that the airline would save around €15 million a year, the minister said. Read more: www.independent.com.mt/articles/2022-01-14/local-news/Air-Malta-s-staff-to-be-slashed-by-half-as-government-goes-on-last-ditch-effort-to-save-airline-6736239785
Friday, 14 January 2022, Prime Minister Robert Abela dispelled the ideal that a plea deal reached with a man charged with the 2010 HSBC heist was reached for the benefit of Minister Carmelo Abela. Replying to questions, Abela denied that the agreement for a 10-year jail term was reached to stop Darren Debono, known as it-Topo, from spilling the beans on the crime. Abela at the time worked at the bank’s security centre, and last year he was implicated in the heist, with the minister repeatedly denying any involvement. Vince Muscat, one of the suspects who hinted at the involvement of the minister, had a request for a presidential pardon to share details about the heist rejected by the Cabinet. Debono last week reached a last-minute deal, pleading guilty to the crime, and will now testify in the case against Muscat. Muscat is in jail for 15 years after having admitted his guilt in the assassination of jousneliat Daphne Caruana Galizia. As part of the deal, Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg dropped charges of attempted homicide against Debono. The prime minister on Friday criticised the “unjust attack” on Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg in the wake of the plea deal. The Police Union was among those who criticised the outcome. Abela said he has full faith in the Attorney General.
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David Thake resigns from MP after reveal of companies’ VAT dues Nationalist MP says he will ‘uphold standards higher than Labour’s’ after companies revealed to have outstanding VAT dues • PN to co-opt Graziella Galea, minority leader of St. Paul’s Bay Local Council
Last updated on 13 January 2022, by Matthew Vella Former Nationalist MP David Thake
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.