STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE PROMOTION AND FROM HOUSE OF PROVIDENZA: Minister Carmelo Abela presents relic of Pope John Paul I to the Dar

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela presented a relic of Venerable Pope John Paul I to the Director of Dar, Fr. Martin Micallef. This relic consists of a small piece of cloth which belonged to his trousers. This was possible through the intervention of Frank Zammit, the Malta Ambassador to the Holy See.

Pope John Paul I, also known as Pope Luciani Pope or the smile, had pontificate of only 33 days and remained known for his sweet smile and simplicity that lived in it. In fact, the motto of his episcopal was humility and through these features had, was expected to carry out major changes in the universal church.

Throughout his short pontificate, at the General Audience of 13 September 1978, Pope John Paul I was talking about people with special needs.

“I want to say a word even about our beloved disabled. You know that Jesus said so:” I nistahba them; what you do with them loves is you set it to me, then in their persons we are nivveneraw the same Jesus nawgurawlhom to Jesus and remain close to their help and supports them. “

It was precisely so that the Dar mentioned part of his house for the Pope. Villa Papa Luciani was inaugurated on 8 September 1987, a project which worked with the founder of this house, Mgr. Azzopardi, who died just months after the completion of this center.

The Pope Luciani relic was part of a large collection of relics to Ivan Marsura Rome, Italian kollezjonist to show which are incorporated relic of the last five hundred sixteen Pope of the Catholic Church.

During the presentation, the Minister Carmelo Abela praised the ongoing work that the staff and volunteers are doing day in the Dar, which is crucial and the Maltese community service. He added that this work is to give a true and proper meaning of what love toward the neighbor. The Minister Abela also had the opportunity to meet and talk with some residents of this house.

Source: Government of Malta


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