Gozo College of Chaplains discuss Gozo – Malta Link
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The parish priests of Gozo held a meeting yesterday, under the chairmanship of Bishop Mario Grech, to discuss the recent proposals for a tunnel or bridge between Gozo and Malta.
Aware of the duty of the Church which throws the light of the Gospel on the themes of human development, the parish priests, together with Bishop Grech observed that the island of Gozo, despite the improvements made in recent years in its accessibility, is still suffering from double insularity, preventing the same pace of development as the rest of the country, which impacts drastically on the social fabric of Gozo.
They also noted the extraordinary difficulties faced by students, workers, the sick in hospital and their families, employers and the service sector, in having to repeatedly cross between the two islands because of the nature of their study, needs and their work.
They added that the economy of the island would, with better accessibilty, be able to participate fully in the progress achieved in the nation, and indeed contribute to this happening.
Therefore, the ongoing public discussion about the possibility of the islands of Gozo and Malta being joined permanently was welcomed. The meeting also agreed that a comprehensive study should be conducted to take informed decisions about the impact that any decision will have on the environment, economy and society itself and to evaluate both the advantages and drawbacks that this decision may bring.