Monsignor Arthur Said Pullicino passed away aged 85.
Archbishop Mgr. Charles J. Scicluna described Mgr Said Pullicino as a man who loved the church and gave his life for it. The Archbishop added that Mgr Said Pullicino dedicated his life and his priestly ministry to the church with dedication and determination.
Scicluna remarked that Said Pullicino worked hard to set up Church tribunals and push forward liturgical reforms within church based on the Vatican Council II.
“A loyal man, straight to the point, who did not look at faces. We pray for his soul and rely on God’s mercy,” he added.
Born in Sliema in 1935, the eldest son of John and Elda née Pace, Mgr Said Pullicino was ordained priest at St John’s Co-Cathedral by the late Archbishop, Mgr Michael Gonzi, in 1959.
He obtained his doctorate degree in Canon Law from the Pontifical Lateran University and served as Judicial Vicar for the Metropolitan Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Malta until 2015.
He has been a member of the Metropolitan Chapter since 1994 and was also the president of the Inter-diocesan Liturgical Commission.
In 1964 Said Pullicino was appointed to the marriage office at the Archbishop’s Curia and in 1965 secretary of the National Liturgical Commission which was responsible for to carry out the liturgical reforms introduced by Vatican Council II. He also served as secretary of the Council of Priests between 1967 and 1976. In 1968 he was appointed private secretary to the coadjutor bishop of Malta, Mgr. Emmanuele Gerada.
In 1981 Said Pullicino was nominated prelate of honour of the Pope while in 1995 he was installed canon of the Cathedral Chapter. Said Pullicino has published various articles and judgments in FORUM, the official organ of the metropolitan tribunal.