Dun Mikiel Azzopardi showed his full commitment with love towards the emarginated, the voiceless and those hidden away and forgotten. He recognised the weaker the human being is, the more support and help he or she needs. This was the main theme of the homily by Mgr Joe Galea Curmi, Vicar General, during a Eucharistic Celebration to commemorate the thirty-first anniversary of the death of Mgr Mikiel Azzopardi, who founded id-Dar tal-Providenza in 1965.
Mgr Galea Curmi continued to say that Dun Mikiel wanted Maltese society to recognise the dignity of every person and hence all persons with disability. “Dun Mikiel’s message,” the Vicar General pointed out, “is very factual even today when he reminds us that we need to cherish human life. In front of human life, we do not count the cells to see whether it deserves dignity, we cannot discriminate between who deserves to live and who we can discard. Human life should be treasured from its first moment of conception to its natural end, the whole way through. It deserves our full respect.”
The Mass, that was celebrated in the Home’s chapel, was attended by various members of the Malta Catholic Action (MCA), and residents and friends of the Home. Dun Mikiel was born in Valletta on 10th February 1910 and passed away on the 13th of May 1987. Co-celebrants with the Vicar General were Fr Rueben Gauci, Ecclesiastical Assistant of ZAK (Catholic Action Youths) and Fr Martin Micallef, Director of Id-Dar tal-Providenza.
At the end of the celebration short speeches were made by Fr Martin who thanked the Malta Catholic Action for the support it always gave and is still giving to Dar tal-Providenza. Mr Josef Deguara, MCA President, referred to the Vicar General’s homily and repeated that we need to cherish human life.
Those present then congregated with Mgr Galea Curmi, Fr Reuben and Fr Martin near the grave were Dun Mikiel is buried for a moment of meditation and prayer.
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