Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Pope Francis presided over Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and conferred the Episcopal Ordination on Mgr Antoine Camilleri as titular archbishop.
Along with Mgr Camilleri, Fr Michael Czerny SJ, and Mgr Paolo Rudelli and Mgr Paolo Borgia were also ordained.
Cardinal Prospero Grech, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi, Bishop Mario Grech, a number of Maltese priests, and relatives of Mgr Camilleri were present for the Episcopal Ordination.
Addressing the new bishops directly, the Pope told them that they are ‘chosen by the Lord’. He explained that their ‘Episcopate is the name of a service, not of an honour’.
Mgr Camilleri served as Undersecretary for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State.
Born in Sliema on 20 August 1965, Camilleri was ordained a priest on 5 July 1991 and incardinated in Malta. He graduated in Law and Canon Law. He entered the diplomatic service of the Holy See on 9 January 1999 and worked at the Pontifical Representations in Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Cuba and at the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State. On 22 February 2013, he was appointed Undersecretary of the Section for Relations with States of the Secretariat of State. He is fluent in seven languages: Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Romanian and Russian.