Bishops’ Statements

Statement by the Maltese Bishops on the rescue and relocation of migrants

  • The Bishops of Malta and Gozo express their appreciation to the Government of Malta, the European Commission and the eight European countries, for the solidarity finally shown with the 49 migrants, most of which were stranded at sea for 18 days onboard two NGO rescue vessels. We are also grateful to all the organisations that have promoted concrete solidarity with the people involved…

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Maltese Bishops’ appeal to European Bishops to help save migrants stranded at sea

  • Fr Olivier Poquillon OP
    Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE)
    Square de Meeûs, 19/1
    B-1050 Brussels

    3rd January 2019

    Dear Fr Poquillon,

    We, the Bishops of Malta and Gozo, are writing to express our deep concern and to ask for the support of our brother bishops in Europe, with regards to the situation involving 49 migrants stranded for days in the Mediterranean Sea…

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Statement by the Maltese Bishops on the rescue of migrants in the Mediterranean

  • The Bishops show appreciation for the rescue missions carried out by the Armed Forces of Malta during the past hours, and appeal for a spirit of solidarity by all European countries so that the persons who are still stranded at sea are given a port of safety.

    ✠ Charles J. Scicluna                                                        ✠ Mario Grech

        Archbishop of Malta                                                         Bishop of Gozo


    ✠ Joseph Galea‑Curmi

        Auxiliary Bishop of Malta


  • Click here to read the Bishops’ previous statement appealing for concrete solidarity…
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An appeal for concrete solidarity

  • During these festive days when it is easy for us to be alienated, we are duty-bound to reiterate the appeal we made this past June for the leaders of our nation, together with those of the European Union, to offer concrete solutions to the phenomenon of immigration in the Mediterranean Sea.

    The developments of these last few days concerning those persons who were on board the vessel Open Arms and those presently on board the vessel Sea Watch 3, offer an invitation to Malta and European countries to express solidarity in a concrete manner…

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Statement by the Maltese Bishops regarding the ship Lifeline

  • We the Bishops have followed the diplomatic activity that was successfully carried out by the Government in order to find a solution for the 234 immigrants that were stranded on the ship Lifeline.

    We appreciate the decision of the Government to grant permission to this vessel to enter Malta. We do acknowledge that this was not an easy feat but it was necessary to ensure that every life on board is saved…

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Statement by the Maltese Bishops regarding the ship Aquarius

  • We have been following the immigration phenomenon which is unfolding in the Mediterranean Sea for years. This phenomenon highlights the desperate situation of people who are forced to flee their country because of war or hunger. On the other hand, this phenomenon also brings to our attention the suffering, the concerns, and the sacrifices of the people of host countries that offer refuge to these migrants…

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Statement by the Maltese Bishops on the Bill that amends the Embryo Protection Act

  • We Maltese treasure our children and life from the beginning of conception. This is a very positive attitude that we want to encourage in no uncertain terms. For this reason we express our profound appreciation to those who strive to give their timely and proper assistance to infertile couples in their desire to have children.

    In this context, it is with great sadness that we read the proposed amendments to the Embryo Protection Act…

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We cannot turn a deaf ear to the cries of those who are dying in the Mediterranean – The Maltese Bishops

  • We are witnessing yet again, practically helplessly and without much general interest, to another tragedy of people who are perilously crossing the Mediterranean from the African continent searching with hope for a better life for themselves and their families. This time, in spite of the resistance met en route by these people, the danger of the latest crossing was significantly diminished due to the timely intervention of voluntary organisations that dedicate their resources and abilties to come to the aid of the poorest of the poor…

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Bishops’ welcome the appointment of the new Apostolic Nuncio to Malta

  • Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna and Bishop Mario Grech welcome the appointment by Pope Francis, of His Excellency Archbishop Alessandro D’Errico, as the new Apostolic Nuncio in Malta. 

    The Bishops promise Archbishop D’Errico their prayers and those of the Catholic faithful in Malta and Gozo.

    Archbishop Scicluna and Bishop Grech would like to thank His Excellency Archbishop Mario Roberto Cassari, Apostolic Nuncio, who has since retired…

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Statement by the Bishops of Malta on the Valletta Summit

  • On the occasion of the Valletta Summit, which is bringing together leaders of the European Union and countries from the African continent, we, the Bishops, would like to express our gratitude for the goodwill and commitment being shown with the hope of finding concrete solutions to address the situation concerning migration.

    In these hours, our country is living up to its noble mission of being a bridge between the two continents, where we can put aside our differences and our exclusive national interests, and be strengthened by the spirit of hospitality and responsibility to work towards guaranteeing respect for everyone’s fundamental rights, especially the weakest and victims of violence, injustice and poverty…

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