Malta today celebrated and commemorated 57 years of Independence after many centuries of foreign domination.
The country’s highest authorities commemorated the day by placing flowers and wreaths at the foot of the Independence commemorative monument in Floriana.
Earlier, Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna celebrated a High Pontifical Holy Mass in St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta.
The main theme of his Homily to a congregation that included the President, the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and Members of the Judiciary, the Diplomatic Corps and MPs from both side of the House, was that the actions of humanity are the cause of destruction and loss and warned that greed for money is the root of all evil.
He maintained there are some whose main actions are to get rich as quickly as possible.
In Valletta’s Misraħ San Gwann the Malta Armed Forces saluted President George Vella who then inspected a Guard of Honour.
Archbishop Scicluna said that the current situation of Maltese society today is that rampant individualism persists and reigns overall and dictates that if one gets their way, then all others are doing the same.
He asked whether money is condemning society or whether it is being used for the benefit of all. He further asked whether the greed for money, easy money is destroying the backbone of the country’s morality. He said what quality of independence can be enjoyed and celebrated if this is ruled by the greed to attain power and the slavery of a greed for money.
The Archbishop said that when society discards that which is right it becomes sick with arguments and words that bring about jealousy, lies and negative criticism as well as evil suspicions. He maintained that positive dialogue engenders sentiments of goodness, faith, love, tolerance and sweetness.
He said one of the symptoms of greed is the way the country’s countryside is being blemished and whether people are prudent enough to create buildings that are aesthetically pleasing and blend with the country’s harmony.
The Archbishop said it is a symptom of greed when certain buildings for which there is no need are built to satisfy the greed for money.
This attitude is a net of greed that is decreasing the community’s quality of life as well as that of children and future generations. He called on the community to stop and reflect that after acquiring independence from colonialism this is not tainted by a greed for power or money.
Following the Pontifical Mass, President George Vella, Prime Minister Robert Abela and Opposition Leader Bernard Grech saluted Malta’s Independence by placing bunches of flowers at the foot of the Floriana monument that commemorates Malta’s becoming Independent on 21st September, 1964 and becoming a sovereign state.