Pro-Life Day 2009 Activity held in Gozo
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‘The Strength of Life in Suffering’ is the theme selected by European countries on the occasion of Pro-Life Day 2009. This was the topic dealt with during a soireè organised by Guzeppa Debono Home in Gozo, which was attended by Mrs Kate Gonzi and the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono, amongst others.
Pro-Life Day is celebrated in a number of countries around Europe on the first Sunday of February, every year, with the aim of promoting the value of life. This is the first year, that Gozo, through Guzeppa Debono Home, joined other European countries to celebrate this event by raising awareness and increasing knowledge about the value of life. Four main guest speakers addressed those present and in their speeches they treated suffering and life in different contexts. These speakers included Mrs Kate Gonzi, Giovanna Debono, Minister for Gozo, Dr Justyne Caruana, PL member of Parliament and Mgr Carmelo Refalo, Archpriest of Xaghra, Ms Maria Attard, the Director of Guzeppa Debono Home was also present.
This home was inaugurated by H.L. Mgr. Nikol Cauchi, Bishop of Gozo, on the 8th of December 1985. Its aim was to help unmarried mothers and to offer them shelter until the delivery of the baby. However, along the years, this home developed into an organisation that offers several services particularly in the social and educational sectors. Guzeppa Debono Home has been on the forefront to raise awareness and promote the value and culture of life, through counselling, seminars and other activities.
Music pieces by various well known local musicians animated the programme for this first celebration of Pro-Life Day in Gozo. An auction of paintings by the young Gozitan artist Christopher Saliba and pieces of sculpture by Victor Agius, another Gozitan artist were also included in the programme.