Pastoral Letters

Let us welcome Pope Francis with an open heart – Pastoral Letter by the Bishops

Apostolic Journey to Malta by his Holiness Pope Francis

Dear brothers and sisters,

It is with great joy that we welcome the news that His Holiness Pope Francis will visit Malta on the 31st May 2020, the Solemnity of Pentecost.

Last January, in his meditation on the passage from the Acts of the Apostles that narrates St Paul’s shipwreck on Malta, Pope Francis had beautiful words for the Maltese people who welcomed Paul and all those on the ship… Read more »

Pastoral Letter for Pentecost Sunday 2019: The Holy Spirit is calling us to love

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  • Fifty days after Easter, after the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles and the disciples united in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus. As narrated by St Luke in the Acts of the Apostles, this experience is described as a strong wind that filled the upper room where the disciples were gathered, and as tongues of fire that appeared on each and every one of them…

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Do not be afraid to take Mary home

Pastoral Letter for Lent 2019

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  • The Pastoral Letter by the Bishops

     

  • Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    We are a nation that loves the home. Rightly so, for marvellous stories are woven within its four walls: stories of delightful families, stories of great generosity; incredible stories of parents sacrificing everything for their children, particularly when a child has special needs; stories of heroism in the face of a grave illness…

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Building our houses on a rock

Pastoral Letter on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • A short message by the Bishops

     

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  • The Pastoral Letter by the Bishops

     

  • Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    On the occasion of the national feast of Our Lady of Victories, that we Maltese celebrate on the 8th September, the liturgical feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, we would like to share with you some of our thoughts about the housing situation in our country…

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‘Cherishing what is beautiful and good’ – Pastoral Letter for Lent 2018

  • A short message by the Archbishop for Lent
  • The Pastoral Letter by the Bishops
  • Every year, on the Second Sunday of Lent, the Church proclaims the Gospel narrative of Christ and his three chosen disciples, that took place on a high mountain. We call this event the experience of the Transfiguration.

    The Gospel according to Saint Mark narrates that “Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart by themselves; and he was transfigured before them, and his garments became glistening, intensely white”…

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Shouldering our responsibility

Pastoral Letter for the 2017 General Election

  • The General Election is an important event in the life of Maltese society. We will be choosing whom to trust with the leadership of our country for the coming years.

    This great responsibility demands from us sound preparation so that we will be able to make an informed decision.

    This responsibility also demands that we vote according to our conscience, which means that in front of God we recognize what is right and true, and therefore choose what is truly beneficial for the common good and for a just society…

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Pastoral Letter for Lent 2017: Choices pleasing to the Lord

  • “Rise and do not be afraid” (Mt 17, 7). These are the words that Jesus told his disciples – Peter, James and his brother John – following his experience on Mount Tabor. They witnessed his glory; they heard the voice of the Father about Jesus: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”  When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground, and were filled with awe.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise and do not be afraid” (Mt 17, 5-7)…

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Pastoral Letter for Lent 2016 – Christ our medicine for our illnesses

  • Who amongst us is not familiar with illness? We are all subject to falling ill, but not everyone faces illness in the same way: there are those who accept their illness, however then there are those who struggle and succumb to the heavy weight of their malady; furthermore, on several occasions, family members and those close to the ailing person also suffer.  When referring to illness, we are not only referring to physical ailments, but also to other illnesses which affect our interpersonal relationships, mostly those within the family; sicknesses which corrode relationships in the ecclesial community and several other areas of society…
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