We, the Bishops of Malta and Gozo, are joining the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who, on behalf of the Ordinaries of the Holy Land, appealed for prayers for all those who are suffering in the sea of violence, destruction, and hatred in the Holy Land, a turmoil that has already claimed many victims.
In response to this plea, the Patriarch of Jerusalem has designated Tuesday, 17th October 2023, as a day set aside for prayer and fasting for peace, justice, and reconciliation.
Therefore, we encourage parishes, religious communities, movements and groups within the Church, as well as families and all Christians in Malta and Gozo to unite together in a special way that day through prayer and fasting.
We also extend our prayers for peace, justice, and reconciliation in Ukraine and in all those places presently experiencing agony and conflict.
✠ Charles Jude Scicluna
Archbishop of Malta
✠ Anton Teuma
Bishop of Gozo
✠ Joseph Galea-Curmi
Auxiliary Bishop of Malta
Fr Jimmy Bonnici
General Secretary Episcopal Conference