The Kristu tal-Bahhara statue is somewhat of a landmark, having been in place for a full 25 years. It was our pleasure to get involved with the clean-up of this statue, which was the only one of its kind to have been blessed by Pope John Paul II during his Papacy.
The statue, which is intended to ward off the perils which Maltese sailors may face, was fashioned out of concrete and fibreglass by Maltese sculptor Alfred Camilleri Cauchi in order to keep its form in cold, salty and deep water over a lengthy period of time.
Marking Pope John Paul II’s Visit
It was laid on the seabed by a team of divers led by Raniero Borg off St. Paul’s Islands to mark the occasion of Pope John Paul II’s visit to Malta in 1990.
In the time since then, Kristu tal-Bahhara was moved to a location some two kilometres off Qawra Point. This is because the underwater visibility off St. Paul’s Islands deteriorated markedly in ensuing years, as did the volume of divers visiting the site to view the statue. The decision to relocate it was taken and executed in 2000.
It now lies in 35 metres of water, just a short distance away from the MV Imperial Eagle, an old ferry which was used to transport passengers between Malta and Gozo from 1958 through to 1968. The scuttled ship, together with the statue, makes the site very popular with divers in the present day.
Briiz Corporate Social Responsibility
We were honoured to have been involved in the recent clean-up of the statue as part of our corporate social responsibility effort and can state unreservedly that the statue was returned to its former glory.
Archbishop of Malta, Mgr. Charles Scicluna, will be leading a ceremony on 31st May to mark 25 years since the statue was laid at sea. He will bless a plaque to mark the occasion. This plaque will then be fixed in place by a team of divers who have been hand-picked for the task.
Those who have their own boats are invited to join in the ceremony, which will also serve as an unofficial inauguration of the summer season. Time permitting, Archbishop Scicluna might bless private boats in attendance. It promises to be a wonderful occasion.