Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Malta

Archdiocese of Malta
Archidioecesis Melitensis o Melevitanus
Arċidjoċesi ta' Malta
Malta Mdina BW 2011-10-05 13-01-34.JPG
Location
CountryMalta
TerritoryIsland of Malta
Ecclesiastical provinceMalta
MetropolitanMalta
Statistics
Area246 km2 (95 sq mi)
Population
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
Increase 426,000
Steady 380,000 (Decrease 89.2%)
Parishes70
Churches460
Information
DenominationCatholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteLatin Rite
Established60 AD
(As Diocese of Malta)
1 January 1944
(As Archdiocese of Malta)
CathedralSt. Paul's Cathedral, Mdina
Co-cathedralSt John's Co-Cathedral
Patron saintSaint Paul
Saint Publius
Saint Agatha
Current leadership
PopeFrancis
Metropolitan ArchbishopCharles J. Scicluna
SuffragansDiocese of Gozo
Vicar GeneralJoseph Galea Curmi
Emeritus BishopsPaul Cremona
Map
Website of the Archdiocese
Co-Cathedral of St John in Valletta

The Archdiocese of Malta (Malti: Arċidjoċesi ta' Malta[1]) is a metropolitan archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church in Malta.[2]

Origins

Tradition claims that St Paul himself established the diocese of Malta in the year 60 A.D when he ordained the Roman governor, Publius, the first Maltese saint, as the first bishop of Malta. Thus with this act Malta became one of the first countries to convert to Christianity in the world and the first to do so in the west. The Diocese of Malta was made a suffragan seat to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Palermo by a Papal Bull of Pope Adrian IV on 10 July 1156 and confirmed by Pope Alexander III on 26 April 1160. The former Diocese of Malta, which is one of the oldest dioceses in the world, was elevated to archdiocese on January 1, 1944. Before 1864, the Diocese of Malta included the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino respectively. On September 22, 1864 the diocese lost the territories of Gozo and Comino when Pope Pius IX established the Diocese of Gozo which became a suffragan diocese to Malta.