Tolfa delegation in Gozo to take part in Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem
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On Saturday morning the Ministry for Gozo welcomed a delegation of thirty-seven from Tolfa in Italy who are in Gozo to join the other volunteers and participate in the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem Nativity Village.
The Minister for Gozo Dr Anton Refalo, while addressing the delegation, said that he will be visiting Tolfa this week, along with a number of volunteers from Ghajnsielem to attend the ceremony of departure of the ‘Three Kings,’ where they will visit the Vatican, before starting their long journey to Malta.
Dr Anton Refalo, thanked the group for choosing Gozo as the place to spend their Christmas holidays and praised the residents of Tolfa for their big heart and respect and friendship towards the people of Malta and Gozo.
“The twinning between Ghajnsielem and Tolfa is helping to increase cooperation between the two peoples in various fields, particularly culture. This initiative sends a message of peace, cooperation and tolerance,” Dr Refalo said.
The former Mayor of Tolfa and former Italian MP, Dr. Alessandro Batilocchio who has visited Gozo on many occasions, praised this initiative and said that this is yet another step in building a strong friendship and relationship between Gozo and Tolfa.
He welcomed the fact that next week the city of Tolfa will welcome a delegation from Gozo, adding that out that over the past few years, 700 people from Tolfa visited Gozo and 500 Gozitans reciprocated the effort. Ghajnsielem Mayor Francis Cauchi, also made short message on the occasion.
The Local Council of Ghajnsielem is twinned with the Municipality of Tolfa , which is located 60 kilometers from Rome and has a population of 5,000 people, with remains which date back to the Etruscan period. It is the main centre in the mountainous region Monti della Tolfa, an extinct volcanic area.
The arrival of the wise men from Rome is expected in the afternoon of Saturday, the 4th of January, from where they will start their journey to Bethlehem f’Ghajsielem, arriving late Sunday afternoon.