Watch: Strive towards a fairer society – Archbishop reflects on Sette Giugno

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that we are in duty bound not to forget what happened during the Sette Giunio uprising as certain conditions that caused the uprising can recur once more. It is important, he said that we always strive for a more just and fairer society.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna was delivering his homily during Mass celebrated at Addolorata Chapel to commemorate the victims of the Sette Giugno. Bishop of Gozo Mario Grech and Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona concelebrated.

“Today we are responsible”

Archbishop Scicluna said that the Maltese were faced with the rising cost of living, rising rents, hunger and a chasm between the Maltese who were well-off and the rest of meagre means. He said that then the Maltese could blame the British Empire but today we cannot blame anyone but ourselves if a situation of social tension is once more created.

The poor among the Maltese demonstrated together to fight back against those among them that were getting rich at their expense. This therefore meant that the blame was not entirely the British Empire. He stressed that one should not forget the complicity of some of the Maltese themselves in the tragedy of Sette Giugno.

“The poor pay the highest penalty”

The Archbishop commented on the constitutional progress registered by the Maltese adding that if there is no respect for the dignity and rights of of every person the Constitution will not be worth the paper it is written on.

Mgr Scicluna referred to the four male workers who were killed one hundred years ago. Why is it that it is always the poor who have to pay the highest penalty?

“We have to solemnly commit ourselves for truth, social justice and solidarity”, said Mgr Scicluna.

He then referred to the murder of  Lassana Cisse. He appealed to all and one lest the Maltese create victims of injustice and hate.

In attendance were Speaker of the House Anġlu Farrugia, Culture Minister Owen Bonnici, Foreign Minister Carmelo Abela, Opposition MPs David Agius, Claudette Buttigieg, Carm Mifsud Bonnici, Ivan Bartolo and Edwin Vassallo, as well as police chief Lawrence Cutajar.