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 Palace in Melbourne Last Saturday the St. Helen's Maltese Australian Social Club had a Social Night at the Maltese Cultural and Heritage Centre in Albion, Melbourne. It was a great night for all who attended. Nicely decorated Grand Master's hall makes it like a Maltese Palace in Melbourne.
Thanks to Mr. Victor Bartolo - President of the St. Helena M.A.S.C. and his hard working committee for organizing the event.
Founded in 1992 by Chevalier Peter Paul Portelli. With a lot of courage and hard work by the Maltese, this building rose from the ashes. Thanks to all, who contributed their time to make it what it is today. A Maltese Palace in Melbourne. The Committee Maltese Cultural Association of Victoria Inc.
NEWS FROM MALTA €70 million Marsa Junction Project officially inaugurated Bettina Borg Thursday, 15 April 2021,
The Marsa Junction Project, Infrastructure Malta’s biggest project to date, was officially inaugurated on Thursday evening. The project, which cost 70 million euros to complete, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Robert Abela and Minister for Transport and Capital Projects Ian Borg. The junction is made up of 12 kilometres of uninterrupted lanes which are separated at three levels. The lanes have created creating direct northbound and southbound connections between Triq Aldo Moro, Vjal Sir Paul Boffa, Vjal Santa Lucija, Triq Giuseppe Garibaldi and Triq il-Marsa (to Qormi).
Filmat: Carmelo Abela għandu jitkeċċa u jrodd lura €7,000 – PN Il-PN jista' jitkellem meta jkeċċi lil min hu kkundannat hu stess - PL
Minn Josita Dalli
15 ta' April 2021
Il-Ministru Carmelo Abela għandu jagħti lura l-fondi pubbliċi li ħa u jitkeċċa mill-kariga tiegħu, wara li r-rapport tal-Kummissarju tal-Istandards George Hyzler sabu ħati ta’ ksur tal-etika. Dan qalu l-Partit Nazzjonalista, waqt konferenza stampa il-Ħamis, fejn qal ukoll li r-riklam serva interess wieħed biss, dak li jiżdied il-profil personali ta’ Abela qabel ir-reshuffle tal-kabinett. Fit-8 ta’ April, Newsbook.com.mt kien żvela li l-Kummissarju għall-Istandards fil-Ħajja Pubblika, George Hyzler ikkonkluda li l-Ministru Carmelo Abela kiser l-etika permezz ta’ kampanja ta’ reklamar li tħallset minn fondi pubbliċi. Carmelo Abela misjub ħati ta’ ksur tal-etika mill-Kummissarju tal-Istandards L-Erbgħa filgħaxija, Hylzer, kkonferma dak li żvela Newsbook.com.mt, dak li l-Ministru Carmelo Abela kiser il-Kodiċi ta’ Etika, hekk kif reklami li dehru fil-ġurnali lokali mħallsa minn fondi pubbliċi, saru biex jimbotta d-dehra tiegħu aktar milli offrew informazzjoni ta’ valur lill-pubbliku. Read more: newsbook.com.mt/filmat-carmelo-abela-ghandu-jitkecca-u-jrodd-lura-e7000-pn/
Malta-Ragusa-Nice: prosecutors outline Yorgen Fenech’s ‘escape plan’ 'Go now while you're still in time', Fenech was urged before his arrest By Edwina Brincat and Bertrand Borg
Yorgen Fenech (inset) was arrested aboard his yacht at dawn in November 2019. Photo: Jonathan BorgUpdated 5.11pm As police closed in on Yorgen Fenech in November 2019, his uncle Ray urged him to “go while you're still in time" while the murder suspect worried that he would “end up at Europol” if he was caught in the EU, a court heard on Wednesday.
Prosecutors in the case against Fenech, who stands accused of complicity in the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, rubbished defence claims that the mogul-turned-murder-suspect had no intention of fleeing the country when he was caught aboard his yacht at dawn.
“Let’s not try to mislead the court by saying that there is no fear of escape,” deputy attorney general Philip Galea Farrugia said as he argued against granting Fenech bail.
Ikkonfermata: “Reklam minn fondi pubbliċi biex jonfoħ lilu nnifsu” Il-Kummissarju għall-Istandards joħroġ ir-rapport dwar il-Ministru Carmelo Abela
Minn Paul Cachia
14 ta' April 2021
Read in English. Il-Kummissarju għall-Istandards George Hylzer, l-Erbgħa filgħaxija kkonferma dak li żvela Newsbook.com.mt il-ġimgħa li għaddiet, li l-Ministru Carmelo Abela kiser il-Kodiċi ta’ Etika. Dan hekk kif reklami li dehru fil-ġurnali lokali mħallsa minn fondi pubbliċi, saru biex jimbotta d-dehra tiegħu aktar milli offrew informazzjoni ta’ valur lill-pubbliku. Aqra iktar: newsbook.com.mt/ikkonfermata-reklam-minn-fondi-pubblici-biex-jonfoh-lilu-nnifsu/
Darren Debono’s step-daughter, former BNF Bank official charged with money laundering Tuesday, 13 April 2021,
The step-daughter of Darren Debono, who faces charges of money laundering in Malta over an oil smuggling operation, has been charged with money laundering. Florinda (Floren Sultana), 29, and a former high-ranking BNF Bank official, Albert Buttigieg (who is not the St. Julian’s mayor), were accused of fronting companies which manage two seafood restaurants, to launder money linked to oil smuggling.
Gozo's mayors meet with minister and PA to demand end to construction mania Mayors and lobbyists present united front in 'positive' marathon meeting NationalGozoConstructionPlanning AuthorityLocal councils By Fiona Galea Debono
Mayors say construction in Gozo is running rampant and ruining the island. Photo: Chris Sant FournierGozo’s mayors, business and tourism entities held a long-awaited meeting with the Environment Minister and Planning Authority on Tuesday, presenting “one voice” against “excessive overdevelopment” on the island. The talks were held six months after all 14 of Gozo’s mayors united for the first time and requested, under the umbrella of the Gozo Regional Council, to meet the PA to discuss the ruin of the island. That initial demand was “ignored” by the PA, mayors said in February. They subsequently secured a meeting with Environment Minister Aaron Farrugia, PA executive chairman Martin Saliba and PA board chairman Vince Cassar after they went public with that initial non-response. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/gozos-mayors-meet-with-minister-and-pa-to-demand-end-to-construction.864570
[WATCH] Corruption investigation ‘a political frame up’, Anthony Bezzina says PN MP Toni Bezzina has been summoned by the police financial crime unit for questioning over a case that goes back to 2012 • Bezzina is suggesting that the corruption allegations being brought against him are false
12 April 2021, 10:44am by Kurt Sansone / Nicole Meilak
PN MP Toni Bezzina
Nationalist MP Anthony Bezzina has described the corruption investigation being pursued against him as a “political frame up”. After an almost four-hour interrogation session at the Financial Crime and Investigation Department, Bezzina suggested to journalists that the corruption allegations being brought against him are false accusations. “This is a political frame up against me, now one hopes that certain things come out relating to what happened and what didn’t happen - and by who this happened, that is important,” he told journalists after exiting the FCID on Monday afternoon. Bezzina is alleged to have coerced government employees in the Public Works department to carry out works at the Nationalist Party club in Żurrieq ahead of the Local Council elections of 2012. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/108902/police_question_pn_mp_toni_bezzina_over_alleged_corruption_case_claims_frame_up#.YHTJ9OgzZPY
‘Interesting that police are pushing for investigations into PN MPs on eve of an election' - Grech By Jake Aquilina Sunday, 11 April 2021,
Charles Polidano, Iċ-Ċaqnu, interrogated for bodily harm, revenge porn claims Police conduct search at his Safi homeNationalPolice By Ivan Martin
Construction magnate Charles Polidano was interrogated by police on Saturday afternoon on alleged threats, use of force, bodily harm, and revenge porn. Details are still sketchy but sources told Times of Malta that Polidano, one of Malta's main building contractors, was arrested at his home and escorted to police CID in handcuffs. He was granted police bail later on Saturday. Police have conducted a search of his Safi home and lifted a number of electronic devices. Sources said he had made threats against a woman close to him. The gender based violence unit is also investigating the case. Family members were seen outside police headquarters in Floriana. His lawyers Michael Sciriha and Jean Paul Saummit were seen walking out in the early evening. It is not Polidano's first brush with the law. Known as iċ-Ċaqnu, Polidano had been ordered to settle more than €40 million in tax dues or face possible court action. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/charles-polidano-ic-caqnu-interrogated-for-bodily-harm-revenge-porn.863811
Virtu Ferries to run Malta-Gozo fast ferry from June Multiple operators have been invited to operate Valletta-Mġarr serviceNationalGozo
Virtu Ferries has announced that it will be operating a fast ferry service for between Malta and Gozo from June. The company, which has operated a Malta-Sicily service for more than 30 years, announced the new passenger ferry on Saturday, having applied for a licence in March. Details on schedules and pricing have not yet been announced. Virtu announced its intention to start a service across the Gozo channel last month after the government issued an open call for operators interested in running a service between the Grand Harbour, Valletta and the Mġarr Harbour, Gozo. Under the Transport Malta plan, the trip should last not longer than 45 minutes and will be provided only for passengers. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/virtu-ferries-to-run-malta-gozo-fast-ferry-from-june.863805 Filmat: Simon Busuttil waqt Andrew Azzopardi on 103 Nhar is-Sibt fil-11:30am fuq l-istazzjon 103 Malta’s Heart
Minn Charmaine Attard - 9 ta' April 2021 4:50 PM Read in English. Dr Simon Busuttil se jkun il-mistieden ta’ Andrew Azzopardi nhar is-Sibt fil-11:30am fuq l-istazzjon 103 Malta’s Heart. Illum il-ġurnata huwa rtirat mill-politika lokali u qed iservi fi rwol importanti ġewwa l-UE. Fil-fatt huwa s-Segretarju Ġenerali tal-Grupp Parlamentari tal-Partit Popolari Ewropew. Aqra iktar: newsbook.com.mt/simon-busuttil-waqt-andrew-azzopardi-on-103/
Updated | Azzopardi on Facebook: Carmelo Abela promised €300,000 for his role in HSBC heist Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi makes explosive allegation: Carmelo Abela is minister who aided HSBC heist suspects • Carmelo Abela denies claims, saying the Nationalist Party is in cahoots with criminals
9 April 2021, 5:57pm by Matthew Vella
PN MP Jason Azzopardi has suggested that Carmelo Abela (pictured) had helped criminals in the failed heist on HSBC HQ in 2010 by providing them with false keys and internal footage
Update at 8:15 pm with Carmelo Abela statement Nationalist MP Jason Azzopardi has accused Labour minister Carmelo Abela of being the government minister who allegedly aided the suspects in the 2010 HSBC heist. Azzopardi made the allegation in a Facebook status he posted, in a reaction to disparaging comments made by Abela on Azzopardi over an ethics investigation concerning the minister. In no uncertain terms, Azzopardi made the most blatant of accusations after having already mooted that HSBC heist suspect Vincent Muscat il-Koħħu had information on a Labour minister being involved in the major crime. “I am no saint... but better not to have been an accomplice in the HSBC hold-up,” Azzopardi said. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/108871/azzopardi_on_facebook_abela_promised_300000_for_his_role_in_hsbc_heist#.YHDKqegzZPY
Calypso works come with souvenir shop, raising watchdog’s eyebrows Stabilisation plans to protect Gozo’s fabled Calypso cave are making way for a new souvenir shop and interpretation centre, raising the eyebrows of the heritage watchdog
9 April 2021, 8:30am by James Debono
Stabilisation plans to protect Gozo’s fabled Calypso cave are making way for a new souvenir shop and interpretation centre, raising the eyebrows of the heritage watchdog. The plans also foresee a 44sq.m interpretation centre that will include a souvenir shop, new walkways, and sanitary facilities on the promontory overlooking Ramla l-Ħamra. But the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage expressed concern on what it described as the “intensification of development at this location”. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/environment/townscapes/108756/calypso_works_come_with_souvenir_shop_raising_watchdogs_eyebrows#.YHDMcOgzZPY 'I am going to follow the procedure’ - Speaker halts Standards Committee meeting after PL no-show Jake Aquilina Friday, 9 April 2021,
He said he was following procedure. “When they want to, with the most disrespect this committee, they decide to not attend… they just say they’re not going to attend on media and decided not to come,” PN MP Therese Commodini Cachia said. “This was a strategy; they just wrote a letter to the speaker and decide to not show up… it has to show that now every time that there is a report from the Standards Committee, they come up with a strategy to not show up.” PN MP Beppe Fenech Adami echoed Comodini Cachia, while also saying that the speaker should be considered as a member. “To have two members who block the works of this committee, in a state of emergency, is disrespectful,” Fenech Adami said. Read more: www.independent.com.mt/articles/2021-04-09/local-news/I-am-going-to-follow-the-procedure-Speaker-halts-Standards-Committee-meeting-after-PL-n-show-6736232441
Victoria, Vittoriosa apply to be European Capital of Culture 2031 Thursday, 8 April 2021,
Victoria, Gozo, and Vittoriosa are the two cities which have applied to be the European Capital of Culture in 2031, the Valletta Cultural Agency said on Thursday. The Expression of Interest for the European Capital of Culture 2031 was launched in November 2020 and closed on the 31st March of this year, by which deadline two submissions were received; one from Birgu for Reġjun Xlokk and one from Victoria for the region of Gozo. Read more:
Daphne murder: Forensic experts and army divers testify in Yorgen Fenech compilation of evidence Keith Schembri amongst witnesses requested by the defence for cross-examination in future sittings
8 April 2021, 9:22am by Matthew Agius Yorgen Fenech
Watch: Schools to reopen next week, shops from April 26 Timeline for exit from semi-lockdown announcedNationalCOVID-19Government By Claire Farrugia and Bertrand Borg
From left: Chris Fearne, Robert Abela and Charmaine Gauci address the press conference on Wednesday. Photo: Chris Sant FournierUpdated 12.15 with MUT statement Primary schools, kindergartens and childcare centres will reopen on Monday, April 12 with non-essential shops and services to reopen on April 26, Prime Minister Robert Abela said on Monday.
Middle schools will resume classes on Wednesday while secondary school students will be back at their desks on Friday. Post-secondary education will remain online for the time being. Reopening timetableMonday, April 12: • Childcare centres, kindergartens, primary schools reopen • Elective surgeries resume at Mater Dei Hospital • Visits to homes for the elderly resume
Men in viral 'dog-leash' photo warned of unsafe conditions OHSA appeals for people to contact them to report dangerous practiciesNationalConstruction By Giulia Magri
This photograph of two workers was widely shared on social media yesterday. Photo:FacebookTwo men have been contacted by the Occupational Health and Safety Authority after a photograph of them working on a rail-less balcony went viral. On Tuesday a picture of what looks like two construction workers in an apartment block was widely shared on social media and WhatsApp. One worker is seen hunched down on the edge of the balcony, whilst being held by a safety harness, which looks like a dog leash. Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/men-in-viral-dog-leash-photo-warned-of-unsafe-conditions.863094
Wildflower seeds to be sent to all households this spring Project should help conserve pollinators, including bees, butterflies and mothsNationalEnvironmentCommunity
Photos provided by the Environment MinistryHouseholds will this spring receive a mix of wildflower seeds and information on how to care for them in a bid to help conserve pollinators. The project, run by the Environment Ministry and Ambjent Malta, forms part of the EU’s biodiversity strategy for the period 2020 to 2030. On Wednesday Minister Aaron Farrugia said the strategy was an ambitious and long-term one that would protect nature and reverse habitat loss through nationwide commitments, including action on pollinator species. People will, as of this week, start receiving seeds originating from four native wildflower species: Sweet Alyssum (Buttuniera), Red Corn Poppy (Pepprin Aħmar), Chamomile (Kamomilla) and Borage (Fidloqqom). Read more: timesofmalta.com/articles/view/wildflower-seeds-to-be-sent-to-all-households-this-spring.863136
PN says Labour Party must apologise for wrongdoing The Nationalist Party says that while an apology will not be enough, it is the first step in the right direction
6 April 2021, 2:59pm by Laura Calleja
Nationalist candidates Ivan Bartolo (left) and Paula Mifsud Bonnici (right) The Labour Party should apologise for government officials' wrongdoing, Nationalist Party candidate Ivan Bartolo insisted. However, he warned that an apology may not be enough but was a start. Speaking at a press conference alongside PN candidate Paula Mifsud Bonnici, Bartolo said an apology was the first step in the party taking accountability for their wrongdoing and seeking to correct it. Echoing that sentiment, Mifsud Bonnici said that Prime Minister Robert Abela and the Labour Party owe the public an apology. "Every week, a new story is revealed, damaging the reputation of our country," she said, adding that many people now see the government as an organisation that does not serve the best interest of the public but only themselves. Read more: www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/108806/pn_says_labour_party_must_apologise_for_wrongdoing#.YGzgiugzZPY
[WATCH] Daniel Micallef offers guarded apology for Labour wrongs in reaction to Coleiro Preca Labour Party deputy leader Daniel Micallef says he took note of what Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said, insisting he had no problem apologising to those who feel hurt by what happened
5 April 2021, 12:07pm by Kurt Sansone
PL deputy leader Daniel Micallef
Daniel Micallef has offered a guarded apology for the wrong done by Labour government officials, insisting their actions did not represent the party. The Labour Party deputy leader was reacting to an appeal by former president Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca on Sunday for the PL to apologise to its supporters and the people. “I took note of what Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said. The Labour Party has always been humble and I have no problem apologising to those who feel hurt by what happened,” Micallef told MaltaToday. He insisted the actions of “the few” should not taint the good done by the party over the past few years.
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.