Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Malta

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Archdiocese of Malta
Archidioecesis Melitensis o Melevitanus
Arċidjoċesi ta' Malta
Malta Mdina BW 2011-10-05 13-01-34.JPG
St Paul's Cathedral Imdina
Location
Country Malta
Territory Island of Malta
Ecclesiastical province Malta
Metropolitan Malta
Statistics
Area 246 km2 (95 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2011)
421,462
337,800 (as of 2004) (95.2%)
Parishes 76
Churches 460
Information
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Latin Rite
Established 60 AD
(As Diocese of Malta)
1 January 1944
(As Archdiocese of Malta)
Cathedral St. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina
Co-cathedral St John's Co-Cathedral
Patron saint St Paul
St Agatha
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Sede vacante
Suffragans Diocese of Gozo
Auxiliary Bishops Charles J. Scicluna
Apostolic Administrator Charles J. Scicluna
Vicar General Charles J. Scicluna
Emeritus Bishops Joseph Mercieca
Paul Cremona
Map
The Archdiocese of Malta in dark green
The Archdiocese of Malta in dark green
Website
Website of the Archdiocese

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Malta (Malti: Arċidjoċesi ta' Malta) is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church in Malta.

Origins[edit]

Tradition claims that St Paul himself established the diocese of Malta in the year 60 A.D when he ordained the Roman governor, Publius, as the first bishop of Malta. Thus with this act Malta became one of the first countries to convert to Christianity in the world and the first to do so in the west. The Diocese of Malta was made a suffragan seat to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Palermo by a Papal Bull of Pope Adrian IV on 10 July 1156 and confirmed by Pope Alexander III on 26 April 1160. The former Diocese of Malta, which is one of the oldest dioceses in the world, was elevated to archdiocese on January 1, 1944. Before 1864, the Diocese of Malta included the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino respectively. On September 22, 1864 the diocese lost the territories of Gozo and Comino when Pope Pius IX established the Diocese of Gozo which became a suffragan diocese to Malta.

Co-Cathedral of St John in Valletta

Cathedrals[edit]

There are two cathedrals in the diocese: The Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Paul, in Mdina, and St. John's Co-Cathedral, located in Valletta.

Suffragan[edit]

Bishops of Malta[edit]

The following men were
bishops or archbishops of Malta
Name from to
Bishops and Titular Archbishops
Bishop Saint Publius 60 90
Bishop Acacius 451 ?
Bishop Kostantinu 501 ?
Bishop Julianus 533 ?
Bishop Luċillu 592 599
Bishop Trajanu 599 ?
Bishop Gualtieri 1091 1095
Bishop Brialdo 1095 1113
Bishop Ġwanni 1113 1122
Bishop Rinaldus 1122 1154
Bishop Stiefnu 1154 1168
Bishop Johannes I 1168 ?
Bishop Johannes II 1211 1224
Bishop Ruggerius of Cefalù 1251 1259
Bishop Jacobus 1259 1267
Bishop Magister Marinus 1267 1268
Bishop Johannes Normandus 1268 1272
Bishop Jacoubus of Malta O.Min 1272/73 1297
Bishop Nicolaus 1304 1322
Bishop Alduinus 1332 1333
Bishop Henericus of Cefalù 1334 1341
Bishop Nicolaus Boneti O.Min. 1342 1343
Bishop Ogerius 1343 1346
Bishop Jocobus O.P. 1346 1356
Bishop Hilarius Conradus 1356 ?
Bishop Antonius 1370 1371
Bishop Conradus 1371 1375
Bishop Antonius de Vulponno 1375 ?
Bishop Maurus Cali 1393 ?
Bishop Andreas de Pace 1408 1409
Bishop Antonius 1409 ?
Bishop Andreas 1414 ?
Bishop Joannes Eximinus 1418 1420
Bishop Maurus de Albraynio 1420 ?
Bishop Senatore Di Noto 1432 ?
Bishop Jocobus 1445 1447
Bishop Antonio de Alagona 1447 1479
Bishop Giovanni Paternò 1479 1489
Cardinal Pierre de Foix, le jeune (Administrator) 1489 1490
Bishop Paolo Della Cavalleria 1491 1495
Bishop Giacomo Valguarneri 1495 1501
Bishop Antonio Corseto 1501 1503
Bishop Juan de Castro 1504 1506
Cardinal Bandinello Sauli 1506 1509
Bishop Bernardino da Bologna 1509 1512
Bishop-elect Juan Pujadet 1512 1512
Archbishop Juan de Sepúlveda 1514 1516
Bishop Bonifacio Catagnano 1516 1517
Bishop Bonifacio Catagnano 1520 1522
Bishop Carlo Urríes 1523 1528
Cardinal Girolamo Ghinucci (Administrator) 1523 1538
Bishop Tommaso Bosio 1538 1539
Bishop Domenico Cubelles 1540 1566
Bishop Martín Rojas de Portalrubio 1572 1577
Bishop Tomás Gargal 1578 1614
Bishop Baldassare Cagliares 1615 1633
Bishop Miguel Juan Balaguer Camarasa 1635 1663
Archbishop Lucas Bueno 1666 1668
Bishop Lorenzo Astiria 1670 1678
Bishop Miguel Jerónimo de Molina y Aragonés 1678 1682
Bishop Davide Cocco Palmieri 1684 1711
Bishop Joaquín Canaves 1713 1721
Bishop Gaspare Gori-Mancini 1722 1727
Archbishop Paul Alpheran de Bussan 1728 1757
Bishop Bartolomé Rull 1757 1769
Archbishop Giovanni Carmine Pellerano 1770 1780
Archbishop Vincenzo Labini 1780 1807
Bishop Ferdinando Mattei 1807 1829
Bishop Francesco Saverio Caruana 1831 1847
Archbishop Publio Maria Sant 1847 1857
Archbishop Gaetano Pace Forno 1857 1874
Archbishop Carmelo Scicluna 1875 1888
Archbishop Pietro Pace 1889 1914
Archbishop Mauro Caruana 1914 1943
Archbishop Michael Gonzi 1943 1944
Metropolitan Archbishops
Archbishop Michael Gonzi 1944 1976
Archbishop Joseph Mercieca 1976 2007
Archbishop Paul Cremona[1] 2007 2014

Auxiliary Bishops of Malta[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Outline of Maltese History 1971 AC. Aquilina & Co; Appendix III.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°56′14.99″N 14°22′31.5″E / 35.9374972°N 14.375417°E / 35.9374972; 14.375417

  1. ^ "Pope accepts resignation - Archbishop started thinking of resignation two years ago", The Times of Malta, Malta, 18 October 2014. Retrieved on 18 October 2014.