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Commemorative evening on Friday for Dr Francesco Masini

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Commemorative evening on Friday for Dr Francesco MasiniA series of events are taking place to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary from the death of the late Dr Francesco Masini (1894-1962), organised by the Ministry for Gozo, together with the Masini and Refalo Families.

A special commemorative evening will be held this coming Friday, the 6th of July, at Francesco Masini Street in Victoria.

During this event, several speakers, including Mgr Joe Bezzina, his son Franco Masini, Anton Tabone and Joseph Masini, will share their thoughts on Dr Masini’s work for the Gozitan community. This event will commence at 7.30 p.m.

Currently, an exhibition, entitled ‘Ghawdex Ifakkar,’ is being held at the Banca Giuratale in Victoria. The exhibition includes numerous photos and documents related to Dr Masini’s life and achievements. It will remain open till Thursday, 5th July, opening hours will be from Mon-Fri: 8.00-13:00 Sat-Sun: 9.00-12.00.

The events will be concluded by a mass at the Cathedral of the Assumption in Victoria, on Monday, the 9th of July, 2012 at 6.00pm, the day of the anniversary of Dr Masini’s demise.

All events will be held under the distinguished patronage of the Minister for Gozo, Giovanna Debono.

Dr Masini was a leading lawyer, serving in the Gozo Law Courts between 1919 and his death in 1962. He was also a member of numerous organisations and committees, perhaps the best-known of them being the Leone Philharmonic Society, of which he was appointed as honourary president.

However, Dr Masini’s greatest achievement was certainly the foundation of the Gozo Party in 1947. Together with six other professionals and entrepreneurs, Masini set up the party, which according to Mabel Strickland signified that “Gozo is out to make its voice heard.” In the 1947 election, together with Dr Anton Calleja, and Joseph Cefai, Francesco Masini was elected to the Legislative Assembly on the party ticket, serving as member till the collapse of the Boffa government in 1950.

For more information, the public is invited to consult the official website of the Gozo Culture Department within the Ministry for Gozo: www.gozoculture.com, or the official Facebook page commemorating Dr Masini on www.facebook.com/masini.commemorative.

Everyone is invited to attend these events.

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