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Archbishop Justin visits Malta

Posted on: October 10, 2013 2:23 PM
St Pauls Pro Cathedral Mdina
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Related Categories: Abp Welby, Europe and Middle East, Malta

[Diocese in Europe] Canon Simon Godfrey writes: "Just six months after his Enthronement, the Archbishop of Canterbury has visited Malta. I was asked some months ago by Jonathan Goodall his ecumenical secretary and a Canon of the Diocese (now Bishop of Ebbsfleet) to be involved in what was essentially a private visit with his family. Nevertheless, he and his party worshipped at the Pro Cathedral Mass on the Feast of SS Michael and All Angels and joined the congregation, who were quite surprised to see him, for the weekly drinks reception afterwards in the undercroft.

The Archbishop and his wife Caroline were assiduous in meeting and talking with so many people who were delighted to welcome them. During a very busy vacation itinerary orchestrated by the Archbishop's mother and step-father, Lord and Lady Williams of Elvel, the Archbishop returned to St Paul's for a social visit and to dedicate a set of Royal Arms placed above the main entrance to commemorate the Sixtieth Anniversary of Her Majesty the Queen's Coronation.

The Archbishop hallowed the Royal Arms with these words: 'Almighty God and Father we pray for Queen Elizabeth in this anniversary year of her Coronation, continually give her Your Holy Spirit to guide her in all things. Hallow these Royal Arms so that all who see them will be reminded of her service to You and her countries for sixty years as our crowned Queen. We ask this through Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.' The only formal part of the visit was a courtesy call on the Archbishop of Malta Monsignor Paul Cremona with whom the Diocese of Europe and the Anglican Chaplaincy of Malta and Gozo have very close relations. "