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The 1921 Malta Constitution. Joseph De Piro’s contributions towards the Religion and Language(s) Issues.

For the island state of Malta, April 30 was a special day; it marked the first centenary from the granting of its first constitution as a British Colony. Under this constitution, the Maltese were given a bi-cameral system of government to look after local affairs.
While this is a special event for Malta, for us who follow the charism handed down to us by the Servant of God Joseph De Piro, this marks one of De Piro’s achievements. In November 1918 a National Assembly was set up to draft a constitution to be presented to the British government for its approval and promulgation. This National Assembly was composed of representatives from various constituted bodies in the island. Joseph De Piro, Dean of the Cathedral Chapter of Malta, was chosen to represent the Chapter on this Assembly. At this stage, according to the Church Canon Law, the Cathedral Chapter functioned as the bishop’s advisory body, and therefore the Dean occupied a very important role in the diocese. 
For this event, a book has been prepared to celebrate the contribution of the Servant of God, especially with regards to the question of the place of the Roman Catholic faith and of the official languages of the islands. 
We would like to share with you this new publication The 1921 Malta Constitution. Joseph De Piro’s contributions towards the Religion and Language(s) Issues. We hope this will be another opportunity for us to appreciate De Piro’s ministry, his love for his fellow citizens, and his love for religion.
Tony & Mario