Archbishop Charles Scicluna concluded a two-day pastoral visit to London, where he met with Maltese patients and their families who are currently undergoing treatment in the United Kingdom.
During this visit, Archbishop Scicluna had the opportunity to meet with Maltese residents at Puttinu House in Sutton. He presided over a Mass and encouraged the patients to remain steadfast in their faith. He emphasised that finding solace and healing can be achieved through Jesus, even in the face of discouragement and fear.
Archbishop Scicluna visited Maltese patients at the Royal Marsden Hospital and spent time with children receiving treatment at the Great Ormond Street Hospital. During his visit, he administered the sacrament of baptism upon two babies: one Maltese, born just a few days ago in London, and an Indian baby who is three months old. As a gesture of comfort and hope, the Archbishop presented patients, their families, and even hospital workers with rosary beads, representing the comforting presence of Our Lady.
The Archbishop praised Puttinu Cares for providing accommodation and assistance during these challenging times. He expressed deep gratitude to the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus and the Conventual Franciscan Friars, Fr Mario Sant and Fr Joseph Formosa, who have provided moral and spiritual support to the Maltese community in need of specialised care in the United Kingdom over the past nine years.