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 2013)
413,000
380,000 (92%)
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 Charles J. Scicluna
Suffragans Diocese of Gozo
Vicar General Joseph Galea Curmi
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 Saint Paul, in Mdina, and the Co-Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, located in Valletta.

Important dates[edit]

  • 22 January - Memorial of Saint Publius (First bishop of Malta)
  • 5 February - Memorial of St Agatha (Patron of the Archdiocese)
  • 10 February - Solemnity of the Shipwreck of St Paul (Patron of Malta)
  • 8 October - Dedication of the Metropolitan Cathedral

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 Quadratus 91 100
Bishop Danuolus 100 125
Bishop Elladius 125 132
Bishop Gallicanus 132 166
Bishop Orouzio 166 177
Bishop Antidius 177 182
Bishop Giulianus 182 194
Bishop Adalbert 194 200
Bishop Petrus 200 205
Bishop Fiorenzo 205 221
Bishop Zoilo 221 260
Bishop Servetus Villeneuve 260 317
Bishop Filetus 317 339
Bishop Severus 370 379
Bishop Otrejo 379 383
Bishop Letnio 383 400
Bishop Valerius 400 408
Bishop Silvanu 408 ?
Bishop Acacius 451 ?
Bishop Restituoto 460 ?
Bishop Kostantinu 501 ?
Bishop Manas 536 ?
Bishop Julianus 553 ?
Bishop Luċillu 577 599
Bishop Trajanu 599 ?
Bishop Giovanni 680 682
Bishop Annetto 700 707
Bishop Adriano 707 ?
Bishop Pelladio 722 ?
Bishop Vigiliju 740 748
Bishop Giorgius 748 ?
Bishop Leone 770 ?
Bishop Pawlu 868 ?
Bishop Damiano 892 ?
Bishop Gualtieri 1089 1095
Bishop Brialdo 1095 1098
Bishop Ġwanni 1098 ?
Bishop Rinaldus 1123 ?
Bishop Stiefnu 1140 1168
Bishop Johannes I 1168 ?
Bishop Ruggerius of Cefalù 1200 ?
Bishop Domenicus 1250 1259
Bishop Jacobus of Mileto 1259 ?
Bishop Magister Marinus 1267 1268
Bishop Johannes Normandus 1268 1268
Bishop Jacobus of Malta 1272 1297
Bishop Nicolaus 1304 1330
Bishop Alduinus 1330 1334
Bishop Henericus of Cefalù 1334 1341
Bishop Nicolas Bonet 1342 1343
Bishop Ogerius 1343 1346
Bishop Jocobus O.P. 1346 1356
Bishop Hilarius Conradus 1356 1370
Bishop Nicola Papalla 1373 1373
Bishop Antonius de Vulponno 1375 1392
Bishop Niccolo' Papalla 1392 1393
Bishop Maurus Cali 1393 1397
Bishop Andreas de Pace 1397 1408
Bishop Corrado Caracciolo 1408 1408
Bishop Michele de Letras 1408 1410
Bishop Giovanni Ximenes 1410 1412
Bishop Antonius Platamone 1412 1420
Bishop Mauro de Cali 1420 1432
Bishop Senatore Di Noto 1432 1445
Bishop Jocobus Vassallo 1445 1447
Bishop Giacamo Paterno 1447 1447
Bishop Antonio de Alagona 1447 1448
Bishop Riccardo 1448 ?
Bishop Francesco Campolo 1460 ?
Bishop Antonio de Alagona 1478 1478
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
Cardinal Juan de Castro (Administrator) 1506 1506
Cardinal Bandinello Sauli 1506 1509
Bishop Bernardino da Bononia 1509 1512
Bishop Juan Pujades 1512 1512
Archbishop Juan de Sepúlveda 1514 1515
Bishop Bernardino Catagnano 1516 1516
Cardinal Raffaele Riario (Administrator) 1516 1520
Bishop Bonifacio Catagnano 1520 1523
Cardinal Girolamo Ghinucci 1523 1530
Bishop Balthasar Waltkrik 1530 1530
Bishop Tommaso Bosio 1538 1539
Bishop Domenico Cubelles 1541 1566
Bishop Martín Rojas de Portalrubio 1572 1577
Bishop Tomás Gargallo 1578 1614
Bishop Baldassare Cagliares 1615 1633
Bishop Miguel Juan Balaguer Camarasa 1635 1663
Archbishop Lucas Buenos 1666 1668
Bishop Lorenzo D'Astiria 1670 1677
Bishop Miguel Jerónimo de Molina 1678 1682
Bishop Davide Cocco Palmieri 1684 1711
Bishop Joaquín Canaves 1713 1721
Bishop Gaspare Gori-Mancini 1722 1727
Archbishop Paul Alphéran 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 1915 1943
Archbishop Michael Gonzi 1943 1944
Metropolitan Archbishops
Archbishop Michael Gonzi 1944 1976
Archbishop Joseph Mercieca 1976 2006
Archbishop Paul Cremona[1] 2007 2014
Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna[2] 2015 Present

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.
  2. ^ [1] "Mgr Charles Scicluna to be Malta's next Archbishop" The Times of Malta, Malta, 25 February 2015. Retrieved on 25 February 2015.