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Sunday, August 24, 2014:
Priestly jubilees in our parish

Two priests from our parish have celebrated their Ordination Jubilees this year: Canon Emanuel Buttigieg, 25; and Salesian Fr Charles Cini, 40.  Both were ordained by the late Mgr Nicholas J. Cauchi, then Bishop of Gozo.

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Friday, August 15, 2014:
Celebrating August 15th with the whole Church

 Today the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Santa Marija is the more familiar name!  The Marian devotion in Malta is almost as old as the existence of Christian faith on the islands.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014:
Canon George J. Frendo bestowed with Order of Malta decoration

Last month, Can. George J. Frendo, Assistant Maestro di Cappella of St George’s Basilica and Director of its Laudate Pueri Choir, received the decoration of the Order of Malta, pro Merito Melitensi,  bestowed upon him by H.M.E.H. the Grand Master and the Sovereign Council, further to the Maltese Association’s own recommendation, in recognition to his work in assisting the Association’s activities.

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Monday, August 4, 2014:
Festa mementos still available

For this year’s July celebrations in honour of St George, the Parish Office has issued a number of commemorative mementos or souvenirs which are still available, in a limited edition, on a first come, first served basis.

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Friday, August 1, 2014:
The 100th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Pietro Pace

July 29, 2014 was the hundredth anniversary since the death of Archbishop Pietro Pace (1831-1914), main promoter of the new Diocese of Gozo erected hundred and fifty years ago and later the third Bishop of Gozo.  He was a great benefactor of the island of Gozo, in both the religious and social spheres.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014:
Benefactor Dr Alexander Cachia Zammit passes away

Dr Alexander Cachia Zammit, a former Health Minister and Maltese Ambassador for the Holy See, had passed away earlier today, aged 89.  He was a longtime friend and benefactor of St George’s Basilica.

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Saturday, July 26, 2014:
Welcome Address to the Relic of the Arm of St George

While in these day Gozo hosts the precious Relic of the Blood of St Lawrence brought from Amaseno, Italy, we recall with joy and some nostalgia the visit of the Relic of the Arm of St George to our islands between July 14 and 20, 2014.  The Holy Relic arrived in Gozo on Tuesday 15 July, and was solemnly welcomed in Victoria at 7.00pm, where Bishop Mgr Mario Grech led a Pontifical Translation to St George’s Basilica, accompanied by the La Stella Band.  Archpriest Mgr Pawlu Cardona delivered a Welcome Address at St George’s Square before the Ecumenical Vigil started inside the Basilica.  We are publishing here the text in Maltese.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014:
Text of Bishop's Homily on Sunday

At last Sunday’s Pontifical High Mass at St George’s Basilica, on the Titular Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Gozo, H.L. Mgr Mario Grech, Bishop of Gozo and Dean of the Collegiate Chapter, delivered a 40-minute homily on the strength which comes from God alone as a virtue which shines forth through human frailty, pointing towards St George as a perfect example.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014:
Watch parts of this year's Feast on NET TV tonight

Tonight’s edition of NET TV programme Minn Festa għal Oħra, at 8.30pm, will include a short feature on last Sunday’s celebration of St George’s Feast.  Along with short interviews with representatives from the Basilica and the La Stella Society, viewers will also enjoy the main highlights of the Pontifical Procession with the Statue and Relic of St George.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014:
The glorious day of the third Sunday of July

Buona festa!  This is the day the Lord has made: let us exult and rejoice in it!  The blessed dawn of the third Sunday of July is once again endowing us with the privilige to taste some of the beauty of heaven and share in St George’s eternal glory.  Gozo and its capital Victoria are en fête as they hail with solemnity their beloved Patron Saint and Protector of old. 

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014:
Festa month kicks off today, Novena tomorrow

And July it is, we’re in festa mode…  The real countdown for St George’s Festa starts today!  This year’s programme –full details will be made public in the coming days – contains small variations from the traditional setup of the Festa week: the Relic of the Arm of St George will be solemnly welcomed in Gozo on Tuesday; thus, the titular statue will be brought out of its niche on Sunday morning.

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Monday, May 19, 2014:
St George makes it to the London National Gallery

Between March 19, Solemnity of St Joseph and June 15, Paolo Veronese’s masterpiece The Martyrdom of St George revered at the Chiesa di San Giorgio in Braida of Verona will be included in the National Gallery of London’s exhibition entitled “Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice”.  A quick search into Wikipedia will reveal that Paolo Caliari, known as Paolo Veronese (1528 – 19 April 1588) was an Italian Renaissance painter based in Venice, most famous for large history paintings of both religious and mythological subjects, such as The Wedding at Cana and The Feast in the House of Levi

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014:
Highlights of St George's 175th anniversary celebrations

The highly anticipated festivities marking the liturgical feast of St George were, this year in particular, celebrated with due solemnity fitting for the 175th anniversary commemorating the triumphant arrival, in 1839, of the artistic titular statue of St George, ably sculpted in wood by Valletta artist Pietro Paolo Azzopardi.

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