Three students from St Thomas More College spoke during the President’s allotted time at “Milied Flimkien”. Against a backdrop of the large Christmas crib in Valletta, the students called for more blood and organ donors. The students told those present that during their PSCD lessons they learnt about blood and organ donation however they realized that there was not enough awareness on the subject. They ended their message with an appeal to the general public to become donors.
‘Our nation has anticipated the Pope’s wish’ – Archbishop
Archbishop Charles Scicluna said that the Maltese have already anticipated the Pope’s wish, saying that as a nation, generosity is seen during fundraising events such as l-Istrina for the Malta Community Chest Fund and the fundraising event scheduled for 1st January in aid of Dar tal-Providenza. During his address at ‘Milied Flimkien’, Mgr Scicluna said that Pope Francis’ wish for the season was to remember to help others. The Archbishop expressed his gratitude to the organizers and spoke of the nativity scene installed in the newly restored Triton Square, saying that the people in Malta had the opportunity to enjoy the various nativity scenes in the open spaces around the island.
‘Nothing can replace love from the heart’ – Prime Minister
The Prime Minsiter spoke about the difference between artificial intelligence and a human, saying that only humans and animals were capable of showing love. He emphasized that machines can never be programmed to love stressing that nothing can replace the love coming from a person’s heart.
“A message of hope and courage” – Opposition Leader
During his address the Opposition leader Adrian Delia said that during the festive season, the authorities, institutions and voluntary organisations have a duty to unite together so that they deliver a message of hope and courage. Delia stressed on the importance of offering assistance to those most vulnerable and weak among society, as well as those who are suffering of loneliness, and poor, so that they may as well feel the hope which is felt during the Christmas season.
‘A Christmas for everyone’ – President
President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca said that Christmas was for everyone not just Christians and that one could show their altruistic side during this period.
The Speaker of the House also addressed those present.
The Archbishop, the Prime Minister, the Opposition Leader, the President of Malta, and the Speaker of the House addressed the public gathered for Milied Flimkien on Thursday.