I pray today for my home country of Malta. With its natural beauty, its historic buildings, its magnificent churches and the friendly people, the image that is being portrayed right now, even in the international media, is very negative after a heinous murder of a local well-known journalist this past Monday. 53 year-old investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car explosion, leaving a husband and three sons devastated, and a whole country in shock.
I pray today that peace and harmony will reign again in Malta, that freedom of expression can be respected, and that the authorities will collaborate to find the criminals and whoever is behind this crime. I pray today that people will learn to respect each other prudently and gently, by what is said and what is written. Give strength and courage to all journalists and bloggers so that they will never feel inhibited by what they investigate and write about. May the love and friendship that is so evident in many Maltese families continue to be enhanced and admired, even in the midst of tragedy. May common sense prevail, so that we can continue to reap the fruits of our identity, the basis of which comes from our faith. May God give eternal rest to Daphne, and the courage, perseverance and fortitude to her family and friends.