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Hidden aspects of Gozo – A public talk by Fr Joseph Bezzina

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Hidden aspects of Gozo – A public talk by Fr Joseph BezzinaThe series of public talks lectures at the head office of Din l-Art Helwa resumes on Thursday, the 15th of January, with a fascinating talk by Fr. J. Bezzina. This is the first talk in Din l-Art Helwa’s Jubilee Year and is entitled ‘Hidden aspects of Gozo.’

Fr. Bezzina will project an overview of the history of the island of Gozo, from the first arrival of humans to recent times, with an emphasis on the least known type-sites. It will include a glimpse at the recent discoveries in and around the Gozo Citadel: the Mystery Circle, the Roman Walls, and the 1701 bridge.

Fr. Joseph Bezzina, born in Victoria, Gozo studied at the University of Malta and the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. He holds three history degrees, including a First-class Honours Doctorate in Church History, and has also received the Pope’s Award, his University’s highest honour, after being placed first in the 1982 finals.

He was for many years Head of Department of Church History at the University of Malta and Senior Lecturer in history in the Faculty of Theology at the same University and at the Sacred Heart Seminary, Gozo. He is the Assistant National Archivist of Malta and Head at its Gozo Section that he founded in 1989.

Fr Bezzina has written over forty books, including a history of Malta during the early British period: Religion and Politics in a Crown Colony, The Gozo-Malta Story, 1798-1864; a history of the Church in Malta from the apostolic era to recent times: Storja tal-Knisja f’Malta, and a short history of Gozo: Gozo’s Government, the autonomy of an island through history.

Fr Bezzina is the author of a number of studies published in English, Maltese, French, German, and Italian.

The talk will be delivered at Din l-Art Helwa, 133, Melita Street, Valletta, starting at 6.30pm. It is free of charge but donations to Din l-Art Helwa will be appreciated.

For more information please contact: 21225952 or

Photograph: Alain Salvary

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