On Tuesday, 11 February a commemoration of St. Paul’s Shipwreck was held in Rome, just one day after the feast is-celebrated in Malta sa a national feast.
The commemoration took the form of a concelebrated Mass held at the Church dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, situated in Via della Conciliazione in Rome. The mass was officiated by the Rev. Michael Farrugia, a Carmelite Friar. Twelve other Maltese priests concelebrated the solemn mass.
Mr. Joseph Cuschieri, Malta’s Ambassador to Italy attended the mass at the head of the staff of the Maltese embassy in Rome. Members of the Maltese community residing in Rome also formed part of the congregation.
After the mass, the Ambassador placed a bouquet of flowers at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, venerated at the same church.
The mass was followed by a buffet offered by the Maltese embassy and this served also as an occasion where the Maltese people present could meet each other, something which they rarely have the occasion to do.
It is to be noted that a commemoration of this feast, which in Malta is considered as a national feast, is held in various countries that host Maltese communities. Former amongst these countries are England, Australia, the United States and Canada and other European countries.