A MOMENT OF INSPIRATION
As a Pastoral Charity dedicated to the three-fold mission of supporting the Church through prayer, re-evangelization and active charity, Aid to the Church in Need (Malta) has organised the premiere screening of the film, “Augustine, Son of Her Tears” in collaboration with the Augustinian Institute.
It was an evening of great inspiration and spiritual enrichment for benefactors, collaborators of ACN and other invited guests who gathered at the Embassy Theatre Valletta on October 3 and the Don Bosco Oratory Theatre Gozo on October 4, for the premiere screening of the film. Mgr. Charles Cordina, Episcopal Vicar for Diaconia, Rev. Prof Hector Scerri, Ecclesiastical Assistant of ACN (Malta), and Board Directors were also present for this event.
The film screening which had in attendance the Film Maker, Henri Aoun accompanied by some of the actors was held under the distinguished patronage of the Auxiliary Bishop, His Lordship Mgr Joseph Galea Curmi who described the film as a “beautiful gift” for which we should be thankful.
In his speech, the Bishop thanked ACN and praised the prayerful determination of St. Monica, praying that Malta and indeed all the world would be blessed with the gift of such mothers who will shape the lives and future of their children by their prayers.
In his opening speech, the National Director, Aid to the Church in Need (Malta), Mr Stephen Axisa expressed gratitude to the Bishop, the Augustinian Institute, the Director of Don Bosco Oratory, Fr. Effie Masini, the Filmmaker Henri Aoun, actors and all those who accepted the invitation to be present at the event.
According to him, something unique and especially important about the film is the fact that it was interpreted by Muslim actors.
“This innovative initiative strikes us more powerfully when we consider the daily reality of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Egypt and other parts of the world where religious intolerance is heightened. It is our prayer that this example of inter-religious unity will inspire greater respect, peace and unity among people of different cultures and religions”, he said.
Also speaking, Rev. Prof. Salvino Caruana, Director of the Augustinian Institute who authored a book on the life of St. Monica, said that the main characters of the film; Augustine and Monica are timeless models of perseverance, hope and the power of prayer for all who journey through the vicissitudes of life.
Donations were received to support Aid to the Church in Need’s project for street children in Aleppo, Syria.