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Religions of Malta

As stated in the Constitution, Catholicism is the official language on the island.

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Religion Malta
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile

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The Maltese are predominantly (95%) catholic. Christianity was introduced in 60 AD by St Paul, the apostle. As he was sailing towards Rome to be judged, his ship was sunk and he was forced to seek refuge in Malta, which he promptly converted to Christianity. The Maltese are devout Catholics who have built a record-breaking number of churches, chapels, and other places of worship, each one trying to outdo the next. There are currently more than 360 of them on the island! Among the most famous, one should mention St John's cathedral in Valletta and St. Peter and St. Paul's cathedral in Mdina. Needless to say that the population are not lacking in places to go for mass. This ceremony plays a crucial part in the locals' daily routine. The more devout believers go to church every day, but on Sundays it's a family affair that is generally followed by a copious lunch. On Sundays, being the Lord's day, the streets are empty and shops are closed.

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Religion

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Mass in Malta

This is an important ceremony in Malta, where most of the population is made up of practising Catholics.

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A rich heritage in Malta

There are more than 365 churches on the island.

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Tombstones in St John's Co-Cathedral, Malta

The Knights of Malta are buried beneath the cathedral.

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