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The August 17th 2010 edition of The Maltese Herald

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The August 17th 2010 edition of The Maltese HeraldThis weeks 17th of August 2010 edition of The Maltese Herald Gozo section is now available for download by clicking here

Previous editions are also available by clicking on this link.

The stories covered in this weeks issue are:

1. The MV Noordam with 2,100 passengers on board anchored off Mgarr to become the biggest cruise liner to visit Gozo.

More than 1,000 passengers disembarked and were taken on various tours around the island. The Noordam was the third Holland America cruise liner to call at Gozo, after the Rotterdam and Prinsendam called last year. Mifsud Brothers Ltd handled the ship’s call.

2. The Gozo Cathedral Youth Choir recently visited Rome and sang during Mass celebrated by Cathedral archpriest Joseph Attard at the Vatican.

The repertoire included hymns in Maltese, an adaptation of Nadurawk Ja Hobz tas-Sema and Ave Maria and Sanctus composed for the occasion by the director and leader Matthew Sultana.

The choir also sang during Mass at St Ignatius parish,where Mgr Attard had served for more than 20 years before being appointed parish priest of the Gozo Cathedral. Gozitan priest Richard Farrugia, who is currently serving in the parish, concelebrated Mass with Mgr Attard.

The choir, besides visiting historic places, also attended one of rock artist Ligabue’s live concerts at the Stadio Olimpico.

3. The St Joseph Band of Ghajnsielem was recently in Sicily to give a performance at Palazzolo Acreide near Syracuse, on the feast of St Paul.

The band took part in a march in the villa communale on the first day, a three-hour giro di gala around the main streets of the village and a two-hour concert at the main square on the feast day.

The delegation of around 80 people, 50 of whom were bandsmen, also visited Mount Etna and Taormina and had time to shop at the Auchan.

The trip was made possible with the collaboration of Unesco representative Ray Bondin, who lives in Ghajnsielem.

Photo by Charles Spiteri – The MV Noordam.

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