Dun Ġorġ's reliquary to be taken to Rome
The reliquary containing the blood of Dun Ġorġ Preca, who will be made a saint on Sunday 3rd June, will be taken to Rome for the canonization ceremony.

reliquarySubsequently, it will be brought back to the Maltese islands for public veneration.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Curia explained that the relic, a tube containing blood of the late priest, is one among three belonging to Dr Lawrence Spiteri who was Dun Ġorġ’s doctor. One of the tubes was handed over to the St Gaetano Parish of Ħamrun, while the other was given to the M.U.S.E.U.M society. The third is being retained by the doctor.

The golden reliquary, created in 2001 for Dun Ġorġ Preca’s beatification, was designed by Renzo Gauci and made by Joe Galea and Cutajar works.

The Curia has also reiterated that all other Dun Ġorġ Preca relics are being distributed for free by Churches and the Cathoilic doctrine society M.U.S.E.U.M only, after receiving a number of reports of persons selling holy pictures of the blessed.

The sellers are claiming that the holy pictures were held over Dun Ġorġ Preca’s tomb.

The Curia added in a statement on Monday that Postulator Mgr Charles J.Scicluna, in agreement with the M.U.S.E.U.M and Curia, warned that money towards the costs involved in the canonization process will not be collected from the general public.

It was also emphasized that authentic Dun Ġorġ Preca relics may only be collected from Churches and the M.U.S.E.U.M society.
Streisand Cancels Concert In Rome
Barbra Streisand has cancelled a concert in Rome next month following protests from Italian consumer groups over high ticket prices but organisers insist the decision was not linked to the outcry.

Earlier this week, two Italian consumer groups called for the concert at Rome's Stadio Flaminio to be cancelled labelling ticket prices, ranging from 150 euros to more than 900 euros, "absurd and shameful".

But a spokeswoman for concert promoter CPI said the 15 June concert was scrapped because of production problems.

The event was intended to launch the US star's European tour.

The 65-year-old singer and actress is still expected to perform the second concert date on her European tour, in Vienna, on 21 June.

Streisand will be accompanied by a 58-piece orchestra on her month-long European tour, which includes concerts in Austria, France, Ireland and the UK.
IRAQI Art takes centre stage in Rome
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A contemporary Iraqi art show to open in Rome Friday is "an exceptional occasion" for Iraq, says art critic Nizar al-Rawi, president of the Contemporary Visual Arts Society (CVAS). The event, Iraq's al-Rawi told Adnkronos International (AKI), will be an opportunity "to give visibility to Iraqi art, which has been evolving like other contemporary art schools since the beginning of the last century, and at the same time to highlight Iraqi culture, isolated and stifled by the tragic situation of the country."

Iraqi culture, the art historian added, "has an extreme need to make its voice heard."

The art and photograph exhibit - 'Mondo da Trovare', (a world to discover)- is organized by Adnkronos Comunicazione, and promoted by the Italian foreign ministry and Task Force Iraq, in cooperation with CVAS, the cultural organisation set up in Iraq after the March 2003 US-led invasion.

Twelve Iraqi artists selected by a commission of Italian art critics are participating in the art show opening Friday until 10 June.