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Daphne murder: Archbishop celebrates mass at Bidnija, calls for culture of honesty, integrity

Monday, 23 October 2017, 14:49 Last update: about 7 years ago

Archbishop Charles Scicluna called for the promotion of integrity and justice when delivering a homily during a Mass at the Bidnija chapel, exactly one week after journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed with a car bomb.

The investigative journalist was killed at around 3pm last Monday. The family did not attend.

At the start of the Mass, Archbishop Scicluna said that a week after Daphne’s killing, he wanted to hold a Mass in the place where she lived and died, to send out the message that violence can be cleansed by prayer, and that fear is overcome by courage.

In his homily, Scicluna said that his "solemn appeal today is that we be not afraid. What happened last week was intended to make us fear an unknown force of evil. Our resolve today is that where there is violence we will work for peace, where there is hatred we work for love, where there is injustice we strive for justice, where there is fear we workfor courage, where they is division we work for unity.

"We pray for Daphne and her family and for our island that we may promote a culture of solidarity, integrity and honesty".

Flowers have been placed on the scorched land in a field where the rental car of Caruana Galizia was blown up. Before the Mass people were still visiting the area and paying their respects. 

One of the messages placed on site stated "your pen is mightier than Semtex. What you wrote and what you uncovered cannot be blown away" .


Present for the celebration are, among others, President Emeritus Eddie Fenech Adami and former Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi.

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