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Maltese Association

Order of Malta


Holy Mass of thanksgiving at St John’s co-Cathedral

December 9 2020 

His Eminence Mario, Cardinal Grech was the main celebrant in a thanksgiving Mass at St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta on Wednesday 9th December.

Cardinal Grech is the third Cardinal in Maltese history and has been assigned to the titular Basilica of Saint Cosmas and Damian in Rome.

The Metropolitan Archbishop of Malta Mgr Charles Scicluna, Apostolic Nuncio Alessandro D’Errico, auxiliary bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, bishop emeritus Pawlu Darmanin OFM Cap, vicar general of the Gozo diocese Mgr Tarcisio Camilleri, the provincial of religious orders and other priests concelebrated.

The congregation was led by the President of Malta, H.E. Dr George Vella and Mrs Miriam Vella.

The President of the Maltese Association, H.E. Marchesino Daniel de Petri Testaferrata, and the Chancellor, Dr. Michael Grech accompanied by the Association’s two Professed members – the Ven. Bailiff Fra’ John E. Critien and Fra’ Francis Vassallo, were invited to attend Holy Mass.

Our Association’s delegation was matched by one from the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, led by their Lieutenant, H.E. Roberto Buontempo.
His Eminence Mario, Cardinal Grech, himself a member of the Maltese Association of the Order of Malta, personally thanked all the members of the clergy who attended, and spent some time with each of our delegates at the end of Holy Mass.
Marchesino de Petri Testaferrata extended the Association’s congratulations to the new Cardinal, and wished him a long and fruitful term as the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops.