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Valletta

Religion

Mdina Cathedral in MaltaPhoto:Tony Hisgett Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic no changes made

The vast majority of Maltese people are Roman Catholic. There are about 300 churches on the small island that are still well attended. Malta has been an independent ecclesiastical province since 1943. The village festival, the festa, at which the local patron saint is worshiped, is a mixture of religion and worldly entertainment. The processions and gigantic fireworks are visited by many tourists. It is also significant that many bus drivers have a statue of Mary surrounded by flashing lights and prayer cards on their dashboard. The patron saints of Malta are St. Paul, St. Publius and St. Agatha. The Assumption of Mary, known as Santa Marija, is celebrated in the Maltese Islands.

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Last updated September 2021
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