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Saturday, 9 January 2010

1,950th Anniversary of St Paul's Shipwreck on Malta

According to Acts (chapters 27 and 28) St Paul was shipwrecked on the island of Malta while en route to Rome. By tradition the shipwreck took place in AD 60. This year, then, marks the 1,950th anniversary of the event.

The Apostle and his companions were treated well on Malta:  "The natives showed us unusual kindness" (Acts 28.2). Present day travellers will also find they are treated well and in addition will be warmly welcomed to our Anglican churches! There are two Anglican congregations in Malta: St Paul's Pro-Cathedral in Valletta (pictured above) and Holy Trinity Church in Sliema (pictured below). There is a third congregation in the neighbouring island of Gozo, Our Lady and St George in Victoria. These are served by the Revd Canon Simon Godfrey SSC (Chancellor of St Paul's Pro-Cathedral), the Revd Jeff Williams SSC (Chaplain of Sliema) and a Reader, Mr David Felgate. The Pro-Cathedral of St Paul will celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck on 7 February.

The website of the Anglican Church in Malta and Gozo is here, and includes an informative green page which is a good straightforward model for other parish websites.

Pope Benedict XVI will visit Malta on April 17-18 to mark this anniversary year of the Shipwreck of St Paul.

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