CONFRATERNITY OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST. PETER & ST. PAUL Knights Meeting in Malta 25 - 29 June, 2023 The Knights of the Chapter of Malawi in Africa are attending a meeting of Confraternity of the Knights of St. Peter & St. Paul hosted by the Grand Chapter of Malta based in Nadur, Gozo. The knights will also be taking part in the church ceremonies during the celebration of the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul in the Basilica of Nadur. It will be nice if we support these priests who will be visiting Nadur for the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. Your donations to support these priests will be greatly appreciated by the bishops in Malawi. Donations can be left with the Treasurer, Chevalier Peter Said at the Nadur Local Council. Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli Grand Master CKSPP Seat in Melbourne. Australia.
Imut Ronnie Pisani – fost l-iprem marmisti f’Malta Minn Owen Galea 29 ta' Marzu 2023
Tard it-Tlieta filgħaxija tħabbret il-mewt tal-marmista, l-artist u l-mużiċista rispettat Ronnie Pisani. Huwa miet fl-għomor ta’ 71 sena. Is-Sur Pisani huwa meqjus fost l-iprem marmisti f’Malta. F’karriera ta’ 50 sena huwa ħadem bosta opri fl-irħam li se jibqgħu mnaqqxa fl-istorja ta’ bosta knejjes u każini tal-banda Maltin u Għawdxin. Fost oħrajn huwa kien ħadem l-artal tal-Knisja Ta’ Santa Marija ta’ Ġieżu’ fir-Rabat. Huwa kien qatta’ xhur sħaħ jaħdem l-artal ta’ din il-knisja wara li kien spiċċa frak meta ġġarraf is-saqaf f’Awwissu tal-2017. Inċidentalment huwa kien ħadem l-istess artal madwar 33 sena ilu. Is-Sur Pisani se jibqa’ jitqies bħala marmista prim tant li tul il-karriera tiegħu huwa ħadem fuq għexieren ta’ opri tal-arti li għamel tul l-aħħar 50 sena, fosthom madwar 40 artal. Ismu jibqa’ marbut ukoll mar-raħal taż-Żebbuġ Għawdex. Fil-fatt l-ewwel artal li ħadem qiegħed proprju f’dan ir-raħal. F’din il-knisja huwa ħadem ukoll l-Ambone, il-Fonti tal-Magħmudija, xogħol mil-irħam Oniċe misjub fir-raħal taż-Żebbuġ stess. Opri oħra marmisti li ħadem fuqhom ukoll fil-Kappella tad-Dar Stella Maris, fosthom l-artal u ferm riċenti s-slaleb li bihom kienet ikkonsagrata l-istess kappella. Xogħol ieħor notevoli tas-Sur Pisani huwa l-artal ta’ Santa Tereża ta’ Birkirkara li huwa blokka waħda ta’ rħam li jiżen mat-12-il tunnellata. Is-Sur Pisani kien magħruf ukoll ma’ bosta baned f’Malta u Għawdex. Dan peress li kien mużiċist u mhux biss kien isegwihom iżda ħalla diversi xogħlijiet tal-irħam fihom u anke rregalahom bl-arranġamenti mużikali u l-marċi kollha miktuba minnu. Fost il-marċi popolari tiegħu, insibu l-marċ Bernardette, wieħed mill-aktar marċi li jindaqqu tul l-istaġun tal-festi Maltin u Għawdxin. L-aħħar tislima lis-Sur Pisani se tingħata b’mod mill-iktar xieraq fis-Santwarju tas-Sultana tas-Sacro Cuor nhar is-Sibt l-1 t‘April 2023 fid-09:00.
NEWS FROM MALTA Man charged with raping woman after Nadur carnival The man, 36, has been remanded in custody after he was accused of committing rape during the Nadur carnival celebrations last month
30 March 2023, 5:31pm by Matthew Agius
The Nadur Carnival celebrations
A 36-year-old man from Somalia has been remanded in custody after he was accused of committing rape during the Nadur carnival celebrations last month. The man, whose name is understood to be subject to a publication ban, was arraigned before magistrate Brigette Sultana in Gozo on Thursday. The prosecution said that the man had followed the alleged victim as she walked to her car on her own on Saturday, February 19 between 3:00am and 4:00am after leaving the Nadur Carnival celebrations. Noticing that she was being followed, the woman tried to run away but the defendant caught up to her and raped her with his hand. The delay in arresting the defendant is understood to have been partially due to the fact that he was difficult to recognise from CCTV footage taken late at night. Inspector Josef Gauci, prosecuting together with lawyer Angele Vella from the Office of the Attorney General, charged the 36-year-old with rape, committing a non-consensual sexual act on the woman, subjecting her to unwanted physical intimacy, holding her against her will and slightly injuring her. He was also accused of committing an offence against public decency and morals. The man pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded in custody. Lawyer Deborah Camilleri assisted the defendant as Legal Aid. www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/122109/man_charged_with_raping_woman_after_nadur_carnival#.ZCYLoXZBy3A
St John’s Co-Cathedral tapestries to be displayed for the first time since 1990 after restoration Thursday, 30 March 2023, The St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation has announced that The Set of Tapestries will be exhibited at St John’s Co-Cathedral after an extensive restoration process that lasted 16 years at De Wit Laboratories in Belgium. The last time they were displayed was during Pope St John Paul II’s visit to Malta in 1990. The tapestries, which will be hung in the Main Nave of the St John’s Co-Cathedral, will be displayed between 5 May and 24 June 2023.
“This is a rare opportunity for visitors to see these magnificent tapestries and appreciate their beauty, historical and religious significance,” the Foundation said. The exhibition, which will attract art enthusiasts from all over the world, will undoubtedly be a highlight of the cultural calendar in Malta, it added.
The last time the tapestries were displayed, when Pope John Paul II visited Malta in 1990.
The set of tapestries was commissioned by Grand Master Ramon y Perellos upon his election in 1697. The set consists of 29 pieces depicting the Triumph of the Eucharist, scenes from the life of Christ and the twelve apostles. The majority of the tapestries were based on cartoons by the renowned artist Peter Paul Rubens and woven in Brussels by the weaver Judocus De Vos, their intricate design woven from wool and pure silk make them a true masterpiece of European art. The Foundation spoke of how the restoration process “was complex and very time consuming because over time their condition deteriorated causing several open seams and loss of the silk treads.” The project was carried out by a team of experts at De Wit Royal Manufacturers in Belgium. The tapestries were carefully cleaned and repaired, and the original colours and designs were restored to their former glory. The restoration process was funded by the St John’s Co-Cathedral Foundation, which is dedicated to preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of this unique UNESCO World Heritage site. www.independent.com.mt/articles/2023-03-30/local-news/St-John-s-Co-Cathedral-tapestries-to-be-displayed-for-the-first-time-since-1990-after-restoration-6736250774
Man arrested for attempting to run over police officers in Ħ'Attard The 36-year-old man, residing in Żebbuġ, was arrested after he tried to run over police officers controlling traffic in Ħ'Attard
30 March 2023, by Marianna Calleja
A 35-year-old man was arrested after he tried to run over a police officer who had stopped him in Ħ’Attard on Wednesday night. The police had, at around 11pm, been on patrol and noticed a car, Ford Transit with an expired licence, that refused to obey traffic signals. The police tried to stop the vehicle, however, the driver, a man from Żebbuġ, allegedly drove onward towards the officers, who managed to escape. The driver subsequently drove off, with the police giving chase. He was shortly after ambushed and arrested in Triq Ħ'Attard, Żebbuġ. When ambushed, the driver was seen throwing something from the vehicle, which later turned out to be a firearm loaded with bullets. From a search carried out in the vehicle, the Police found a container of white substance, suspected to be cocaine. A search was also carried out in his garage in Birkirkara and in the arrestee's residence in Żebbuġ where more substances, suspected to be cocaine, heroin and cannabis, scales, a large knife and several bullets of different calibres, were found. The man is being detained in the Police lock-up, in Floriana for further investigation. www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/court_and_police/122112/man_arrested_for_attempting_to_run_over_police_officers_in_attard#.ZCYNNnZBy3A
MFSA publishes report that found its CEO breached ethical guidelines over Las Vegas trip with Yorgen Fenech The financial services watchdog releases 2020 report, which concluded that former CEO Joseph Cuschieri breached ethics when he went on a business trip with Yorgen Fenech
29 March 2023, by Kurt Sansone
Former MFSA CEO Joseph Cuschieri
Former MFSA CEO Joseph Cuschieri breached ethical guidelines when he went on an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas with Yorgen Fenech, a review board concluded. The board was appointed in 2020 by the financial services watchdog after the media reported on the Las Vegas trip that happened in 2018. Cuschieri had also resigned from the MFSA as a result of the revelations. At the time of the Las Vegas trip, Cuschieri had just been appointed CEO at the MFSA after stepping down from the Malta Gaming Authority. When news of the trip emerged two years later, Cuschieri denied having had a conflict of interest, insisting he was no longer CEO at the MGA, which regulated, among others, casinos in which Fenech had a direct interest. However, the board of review, composed of former chief justice Joseph Azzopardi and lawyer Mark Simiana, disagreed with Cuschieri’s assessment. The eight-page report, written in poor English, was only published today by the MFSA despite having been completed on 23 November 2020. The MFSA was ordered to release the report by the Information and Data Protection Commissioner (IDPC) in relation to a Freedom of Information request submitted to the authority, which had asked for a copy of the Board of Review’s report. In a statement the MFSA said it will not be appealing the IDPC decision and published a redacted version of the report in line with the IDPC’s notice. In its findings, the board said it was “abundantly clear” Cuschieri infringed the MFSA’s guidelines on hospitality and the European Central Bank’s code of conduct when he accepted hospitality which was both expensive and exclusive. The board said that Fenech’s many interests in companies, which although not engaged directly in financial services, operate in different areas and it was “very probable that in one way or another, the MFSA may have to be engaged with one or more of these companies”. The board noted that this was confirmed by the MFSA’s general counsel Edwina Licari, who was subjected to a separate but parallel review given that she had also been on the Las Vegas trip. Licari had abstained from her MFSA duties on at least three occasions in which Fenech was involved. “A person of Mr Cuschieri’s undoubted intelligence ought to have realised this… The Board therefore does not agree with Mr Cuschieri that there was no possible conflict of interest in accompanying Mr Fenech and advising him,” the board said. It added: “In any case it is abundantly clear to the Board that Mr Cuschieri infringed both the [MFSA] guidelines on hospitality and the ECB code of conduct even if no future conflict of interest would have occurred in that he accepted hospitality which was both expensive and exclusive.” The board cleared Cuschieri of any wrongdoing or unethical behaviour on several other issues that were raised at the time, including the expression of interest for the relocation of the MFSA offices to a different office block in Mrieħel, the number of trips abroad he took as CEO, and the recruitment of Licari with the MFSA. At the time of the Las Vegas trip, Licari was not yet an employee of the MFSA but still general counsel at the MGA. The review board’s remit was limited to Licari’s behaviour as an employee of the MFSA and thus the trip fell outside the scope of review. Read more: https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/122089/mfsa_publishes_report_that_found_its_ceo_breached_ethical_guidelines_over_las_vegas_trip_with_yorgen_fenech#.ZCSvXnZBy3A
[WATCH] Keith Schembri on Panama: Mizzi thought I had the Midas touch, PAC is told Keith Schembri, former chief of staff to Joseph Muscat, appears in Public Accounts Committee to face a grilling from MPs over the Electrogas power station deal
Last updated on 28 March 2023, by Matthew Vella Keith Schembri in the Public Accounts Committee. Photo: James Bianchi/Mediatoday
The eminence grise to the Muscat administration, former chief of staff Keith Schembri, made a rare public appearance today at the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, where he testified on the €200 million contract to the Electrogas consortium, on request of the Opposition, which chairs the PAC. The man who stood by the side of Joseph Muscat in 2013 to clinch Labour’s election appeared burdened by his admissions of ill-health, the lack of vitality maybe apparent in the tone of his voice. But the wan Keith Schembri was combative on most of the question asked by the Nationalist MPs. Nowhere was it more apparent in the way he brushed off the questions on ethicality about his now infamous Panama offshore companies. It was, he insisted, the only way he could evade a repeat of a leak on his Bank of Valletta trust to the Opposition. The only solution, he insisted, had been a New Zealand trust, which owned a Panama company. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/122063/keith_schembri_electrogas_pac_1#.ZCNWgHZBy3A
PM expects Cutajar to take responsibility over Yorgen chats: ‘No MP bigger than party, or country’ Prime Minister Robert Abela put up a less-than-sturdy defence of embattled Labour MP whose WhatsApp chats with Yorgen Fenech turned spotlight over Labour relations with alleged mastermind
28 March 2023, by Matthew Vella Prime Minister Robert Abela with Parliamentary Secretary Rosianne Cutajar at Auberge de Castille
Prime Minister Robert Abela could be expecting Labour MP Rosianne Cutajar to step aside, as he gave comments outside the Auberge de Castille where he put up a less-than-sturdy defence of his embattled MP. “At the Labour conference, I sent a clear message that this government should not allow the good of last decade in power be tarnished by negative episodes... I am convinced that everyone recognises their responsibilities as MP, towards the parliamentary group, the Labour Party and the country as a whole,” Abela said. The Labour MP, who was forced to resign from equality secretary after an ethics investigation detailing her role in a property brokerage for Tumas magnate Yorgen Fenech, was back in the eye of scandal over the publication of her WhatsApp chats in 2019 with Fenech. Abela refused to outrightly say that he would keep Cutajar in the Labour parliamentary group. “Nobody is greater than the party, or the country,” Abela said when asked by The Times whether he should tell Cutajar to step down from the House. He said he had not spoken to the MP personally but underlined the fact that his public declarations, spoken as the prime minister, should read clearly. “Two years ago, on similar details related to those chats, it was decided that Cutajar resigns from parliamentary secretary, and she paid the political price. I understand that some details in the chats are new – I have been clear, everyone must shoulder their responsibility.” Abela said he still condemned the leak and publication of evidence that was within the control of the Criminal Court, as part of the charges brought against Fenech, accused of being the mastermind in the Caruana Galizia assassination. Abela made reference to the fact that Cutajar was expecting a baby girl, now made public by the MP and her partner Daniel Farrugia in a Facebook post on her gender-reveal party, saying the Mark Camilleri publication was “vindictive”. Camilleri is being sued for defamaton by the MP, over the contents of his book ‘A Rentseeker’s Paradise’. Read more:
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
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
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.
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.