Book presentation to The Westin Dragonara Resort

Michael Kamsky, general manager of The Westin Dragonara Resort Malta was presented with the new publication of the book Pauline Malta – The Formation of a Nation’s Identity by Dr Joseph Ferriggi, the chairperson of Fondazzjoni Patri Martin Caruana OP. The Prime Minister Dr Lawrence Gonzi at Castille launched the book on 15 April. A copy was also presented to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Malta at the Grotto of St Paul in Rabat.

The book is a study by two authorities in the Pauline cult namely Mons. John Azzopardi and Prof. Thomas Freller. It documents and analyses how, over the past two millennia, various phenomena – of both Pagan and Christian origin – in Malta were blended into a unique Pauline Cult, while at the same time developing into a shaping force of genuine Maltese identity. On a more global level, all the different facts, traditions, pretensions, and claims centred around the shipwreck and miracles of St Paul on the island of Melita became part of a Mediterranean Christian identity.

This publication marks this year’s 1,950th anniversary of the shipwreck of St Paul and the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Malta.

The Westin Dragonara Resort would like to thank the publishers for such an appealing publication.

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