Ta' Pinu publications

The first diocesan review that promulgated the extraordinary events which took place at Ta’ Pinu Shrine in 1883, was Il Propugnatore Cattolico published on 16 April 1887 but this periodical shortly lived. In May 1887 we have a new fortnightly publication Il Messaggiere di Maria, that always gave a coverage of the functions and pilgrimages which took place at this special Gozitan Shrine.

In December 1887, the diocese of Gozo published its third periodical: Id-Devot ta’ Marija. It was printed in Maltese language and the editor was Father Luigi Vella. In the sevent year of this pubblication, Fr. Vella described the aim of this periodical when writing: "Bdejnieh fl-1887, fl-istess sena li fiha bdiet id-devozzjoni tal-Madonna Ta’ Pinu, bil-ħsieb li nkattru fil-gżejjer tagħna l-qima u l-imħabba lejn l-Omm tagħna Marija" - "The simultaneous inception of this publication and the devotion to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu had the aim of fostering the cult and love to Our Virgin Mother Mary, in our islands."

In August 1935, a spiritually oriented leaflet entitled Madonna Ta’ Pinu whose editor was Salvu Magro has been published. Altough this montly publication provided little information about the Sanctuary of Ta’ Pinu, it came to a halt at the begininnig of World War Two.

In 1980 Mgr. Benedict Camilleri, rector of Ta’ Pinu Santuary gave birth of the quarterly periodical Madonna Ta’ Pinu which is still alive. This publication, besides giving interesting information about Ta’ Pinu Basilica have proved to be an excellent tool in spreading a mariological teaching of the Catholic church and strengthening the true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Ta’ Pinu not only in the Maltese islands but also overseas. While in 2004 we have the Ta’ Pinu Publications logo, desinged by Mr. Lou P. Zerafa of Għajnsielem on the advice of Fr. Gerard Buhagiar, editor of the present publication since 2002. The Ta’ Pinu Publications house is still growing and its aim is to increase and spread the true devotion to the Blessed Mother of Ta’ Pinu through modern media and not only by printed matter.