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Prime Minister inaugurates Bethlehem f’ Ghajnsielem

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The Prime Minister inaugurates Bethlehem f' GhajnielemAfter three months of hard work, the dream of several volunteers finally became a reality, when last Sunday evening, ‘Bethlehem f’ Ghajnsielem’ was officially opened by the Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi.

Mayor Francis Cauchi and project manager Franco Ciangura then accompanied the Prime Minister and Mrs. Kate Gonzi around the nativity village. The first stop was at the Inn where they had the opportunity to go on the rooftop to enjoy the panoramic views of ‘Ta Passi’ fields. Frank and Lorietta Buttigieg then greeted the dignitaries at the bakery. This year, the carpenter house was again animated by Karmnu Xuereb ‘s family, while the nearby blacksmith was animated by Guzi Mallia and Frans Buttigieg. The blacksmith this year featured a watermill . The Prime Minister then visited the shepherd’s cave and headed to the the market where the Franciscan community lead by Fra Lorry was selling natural fruits, and vegetables. The tour ended at the grotto where baby Jesus was born.

Mayor Francis Cauchi then invited the Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi to make a short speech for the occasion, he augured that the village will be a place of unity for all the families.

The nativity village will remain open until Sunday, the 3rd of January 2010. It will be animated on weekends and public holidays. More information is available on: www.ghajnsielem.com/bethlehem

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