This was no femicide – Fr Cilia

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Fr David Cilia said that Daphne Caruana Galizia was not killed because she was a woman but she was killed because she was not afraid to give testimony to the truth. Fr Cilia was celebrating Mass at St Francis’ Church Valletta to commemorate the second anniversary of the assassination of Caruana Galizia.

He described the assassination as cruel and cold-blooded.

Criticism of Dalli and Scicluna

Besides the very clear criticism of EU Commissioner Helena Dalli, who had described Daphne’s assassination as femicide, Fr Cilia also had a dig at Martin Scicluna’s commentary in the Times of Malta on Wednesday. Cilia criticized Scicluna for saying that those commemorating Daphne has a sense of entitlement and power. Cilia retorted that the opposite was true.

Cilia said that today Daphne is not alone as her ultimate sacrifice inspired many to defend the democratic values of a free society. He added that society is being divided not by those who ask for justice but for those who do not strive for a society that respects all as equals.

The preacher reminded his congregation that Daphne had received many awards from several countries around the world; a clear sign that good prevails.

He praised Daphne’s sons for setting up Fondazzjoni Daphne whose objective is to strive for truth, justice, the rule of law and safeguarding human rights.

Watch: At the same spot, same time, 2 years ago

Pope Francis’s prayer

Fr Cilia concluded Pope Francis’s appeal last July to pray for the integrity of justice:

The decisions made by judges influence the rights and property of citizens.

Their independence should keep them safe from favoritism and from pressures that could contaminate the decisions they have to make.

Judges must follow the example of Jesus, who never negotiates the truth.

Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word.