2015-02-28 09:14:00

Bishop Charles J. Scicluna Named Archbishop of Malta

Pope Francis has named Bishop Charles J. Scicluna as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Malta. Until now, Bishop Scicluna has served as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Malta following the resignation of his predecessor, Archbishop Paul Cremona, due to health reasons.

Born in Toronto, Canada on May 15th, 1959, the Maltese prelate began his service at the Holy See as the Substitute Promoter of Justice for the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura and later appointed as Promoter of Justice for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In 2012, shortly after his elevation to the episcopate, Bishop Scicluna was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. There, he assisted the Holy Father in developing new guidelines to handle cases dealing with cases of sexual abuse by clergy.

The Maltese prelate continued his service under Pope Francis, who confirmed his role in the Congregation, as well as sending him to Geneva as a member of the Holy See’s delegation that presented its periodic report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

In a message released shortly after the announcement, Archbishop-elect Scicluna released a statement thanking the Pope for entrusting him °with this mission as shepherd of the Archdiocese of Malta.

“I greet the people of Malta and Gozo, my Brother Bishops, the clergy, members of religious Orders and lay people, and all persons of goodwill. I promise to lay down my life, following the example of Jesus, the Good Shepherd,” he said. 

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