John Portelli is a retired journalist and public relations consultant who lives on the small Mediterranean island of Malta, half way between Italy and North Africa. He is married with two (also married) children. Although he has not actually published any books in his own name (he has published/edited many for clients), he has been a very regular newspaper contributor for the last 48 years and earlier in 2014 was responsible for the PR of an international conference on religious freedom (“Can Christianity survive persecution?”) organised by the Malta branch of the Pontifical Charity “Aid to the Church in Need.”
John also blogs (when he has time!) on his own blog called “Cappuccino” - a sort of let’s stop a moment and have a coffee and talk together at http://john169.blogspot.com. In addition, he produces another weekly blog (with a sister page on Facebook) dedicated to the readings of the Sunday liturgy for one’s personal reflection, called The Word on Sunday (http://thewordonsunday.blogspot.com) .
In 2009 he graduated in Sacred Theology and in 2014 also completed his studies in philosophy, two subjects he particularly enjoys. He is also into reading, photography, design, and music; he plays percussion and guitar with a Catholic worship band which keeps him busy every Su8nday morning! Who says there’s no life after a lifetime of work?