This virus has built walls between people – Bishop Mario Grech

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

St Peter’s Square was deserted and yesterday was closed off completely. This was the stark description of the heart of the Eternal City through the eyes of one Maltese who has become a veritable resident. Speaking to via Skype, Bishop Mario Grech was one of thirty persons who was evacuated through a special Air Malta flight. The flight arrived late yesterday evening. Bishop Grech said that with his new duties, he is now residing in Rome for the working week and returns to Malta in the weekend. This time, he went up practically for one day.

The great wall of Corona

Bishop Mario Grech described the reticence with which the normally Mediterranean and ebullient Romans greet each other. It was sad, he observed, that this virus had managed to build walls between people. He added that the reticence was a clear indication of distrust. This, he said, was a negative effect of the illness.

A great ‘well done’

Bishop Grech has words of praise for the crew of Air Malta. He also praised the government for being so diligent in repatriating Maltese in Italy. Bishop Grech said that he was now in voluntary quarantine. He added that he has a backlog to get through. Bishop Grech said that he had a stack of books and would also take the opportunity for some Lenten reflection.