The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes

It is unusual for a news item to start with a headline from Shakespeare but this is one exception which may be forgiven. Particularly when the passing of one of the greats of the Maltese language is marked by no less than an epitaph by the Archbishop of Malta. HG Mgr Charles J Scicluna penned a short poem based on the name OLIVER.

Archbishop Scicluna found the leaden, soaking skies which marked the day of the demise of this leader of the literati an apt metaphor for the feelings aroused by the loss. Acknowledging the widespread tributes to Friggieri, Archbishop Scicluna wrote that while the death evokes sadness, in passing away, Friggieri would have gone to rest happily in the arms of His father.