Maltese Catholics rallied in unprecedented numbers in Valetta, March 5, passing a resolution condemning 'insults' to Malta's Catholic Bishop by former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff's Labour Party.
CU Bell tolls in tower.
GV Another church.
SV Bell tolls
TGV PAN.. Massed crowd in square.
SV Anti-A.A.P.S.O. banner.
CU Banner: 'Mosta Kattolika Dejjem Komunista Qatt'.
LV Anti-A.A.P.S.O. Banner.
SCU Banner 'Catholic Liberty from behind the iron curtain?'.
SV TOWARDS..Archbishop Gonzi of Malta.
SCU Bishop Galea, Vicar-General.
TOP V. Nuns watch from balcony.
LTV Clergy speak from rostrum.
SV Archbishop of Malta on rostrum.
TGV PAN.. Massed Crowd.
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Background: Maltese Catholics rallied in unprecedented numbers in Valetta, March 5, passing a resolution condemning 'insults' to Malta's Catholic Bishop by former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff's Labour Party.
Churches closed, bells tolled as a mark of 'sorrow' against the Party's 'open door to Communism.' The spiritual head of Maltese Catholics, 76-year-old Archbishop Michael Gonzi, led the rally - the first one of its kind to directly name and attack Mr. Mintoff.
The resolution protested "with all our energies against the anti-Catholic behaviour of the leaders of the Malta Labour Party," and declared that "true Maltese refuse to have anything to do in any way with the Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organisation or any other organisation with communist aspirations."
The Labour Party replied to this the same day - the A.A.P. Solidarity Organisation was not communist-dominated, and added that Mr. Mintoff and Party President Anton Buttigieg saw this for themselves when they attended the Organisation's council meeting in Cairo last January.
Many of the Catholic demonstrators carried Maltese or Papal flags. Others carried banners proclaiming: A.A.P.S.O. membership Dishonours Catholic Malta.