The Words of the Walsh Family

"Malta: The Land of Saints"

Thomas Walsh
July 1 , 2006
Malta
From a report by Dr. Thomas Walsh, edited by Joy Pople and Louise Strait

True Mother Kook Jin Nim flew on July 1 from Amman to Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Maltaís history goes back many millennia. Malta was at various times dominated by Roman, Islamic and Norman conquerors. In the 16th century, the pope and the king of Spain gave Malta to the [Crusade-related] Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem. An independent nation, Malta was for many years a colony of Great Britain and is a member of the British Commonwealth. The primary languages are English and Maltese; Maltese is a blend of Arabic, Italian and English. The population of 400,000 is largely Roman Catholic. Malta joined the European Union in 2004.

At the airport, they were received by the core Universal Peace Federation leaders, including Dr. and Mrs. Yong Cheol Song, regional chair, UPF-Europe; Rev. Yong Tae Choi; Mr. Guiseppi Cali of Italy; the national leader Mr. Bryan Corlett; Mr. Francis Cassar; and Ambassador for Peace and Member of Parliament, Dr. Stefan Bountempo.

The main event was held at the Westin Dragonara Hotel in St. Julianís Malta. About 300 people were in attendance, including a number of people who had come from Italy and England.

Wonderful pre-program entertainment was provided by George Curmi and Yuri Charyguine, who performed several lively classical pieces on violin and the accordion. Chevalier Pier Giorgio Buttigieg was designated to give the invocation. H.E. Professor Guido de Marco, former president of Malta and former president of the UN General Assembly, gave the welcoming remarks. Drawing on his career experience both in Malta and at the United Nations, he spoke about the importance of NGOs such as UPF in building a world of peace in regions such as the Middle East and the Korean Peninsula. He underscored the need to avoid the "clash of civilizations," particularly between Islam and the West.

Following his speech he was presented with the UPFís "Leadership and Good Governance" Award, in honor of his distinguished career and commitment to governance based on moral principles. Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak, Dr. Song, Dr. Emmanuel Bezzina, and H.E. de Marcoís daughter made the presentation of the award.

Rev. Kwak gave the Chairmanís Address, followed by Kook Jin Nim giving the Founderís Address and True Moon the Keynote Address.

Following the blessing and conclusion, there was a reception for all the guests.

Later in the evening Mother Moon and those traveling with her watched France defeat defending World Cup champions, Brazil, 1-0, completing the all-European field of four teams for the semi-finals: France vs. Portugal and Germany vs. Italy. Mother was pulling for Brazil.

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