Pastoral Letters

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



  • 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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Pastoral Letter at the beginning of the Jubilee of Mercy – Merciful Like The Father

  • “Merciful like the Father”. This is the important message which the Jubilee of Mercy, inaugurated by Pope Francis, wants to convey to us all. Jesus himself declared that we should “be merciful just as the Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36). Mercy: a sign of God’s love The Good News may be summarised in Jesus’ own words: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16)…
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Pastoral Message for Lent 2015

  • Fasting: Waiting – Anticipation – Feeling at Home – Forgiveness
  • Dear Christian brethren,

    At the start of Holy Lent 2015, and in preparation for the journey we shall make together during this time, I wish to share this short message with each and every one of you.

    On one occasion, the Pharisees and Scribes questioned Jesus as to why his disciples were not fasting…

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Pastoral Message for Advent 2014 – Welcoming the light of Jesus

  • I greet you, people of God of the beloved Diocese of Malta, at the beginning of Advent 2014.  As the Apostolic Administrator of Malta, until a new Archbishop is appointed, it is my privilege to address you at the onset of this important season which prepares us for the great feast of Christmas, the celebration of the birth of the infant Jesus…

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