‘Over the years, the Maltese nation has witnessed not only the humility, but also the compassion, intelligence, and determination that have always stood out in every function held by Cardinal Grech’ , said the Presdent of Malta George Vella during the courtesy call by Cardinal Mario Grech at San Anton Palace.
Cardinal Mario Grech paid a courtesy call on George Vella, President of Malta, at San Anton Palace following his appointment as Cardinal by Pope Francis during the Consistory held on Saturday, 28th of November, at the Vatican.
The President expressed his certainty that such a prestigious position in the hierarchy of the Church will continue to highlight the value of humility in Cardinal Grech.
Cardinal meets PM Abela
“This is an occasion of joy, unity and national pride”, said Prime Minister Robert Abela during Cardinal Mario Grech’s courtesy visit to the Office of the Prime Minister.
Dr Abela praised the work of Cardinal Grech and believes that the Gozitan roots will help the Catholic church come closer to the community and the family.
Leader of the opposition and PN leader Bernard Grech welcomed Cardinal Grech at the PN headquarters in Pieta earlier today.
Cardinal Mario Grech calls on Speaker Farrugia
Cardinal Grech visited the Maltese Parliament where he met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Anġlu Farrugia.
Speaker Farrugia and Cardinal Grech exchanged views on the pastoral work of the Catholic Church, particularly in Latin America, where a number of Maltese and Gozitans are doing missionary work among the poor. Pope Francis and his teachings were also discussed.
The basilica of St. Cosimo and Damian
Cardinal Mario Grech has been assigned to the Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano which is on Via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome. The basilica was built in the early 4th century as a Roman temple. It is thought to have been dedicated to Valerius Romulus, deified son of the emperor Maxentius.
It became a church in 527 and contains important but much restored early Christian art, especially in its mosaics.
St. Cosimo and St. Damian were two Arabian Christian brothers, doctors and martyrs by the orders of emperor Diocletian circa 287 AD.
Today it is one of the ancient churches called tituli, of which cardinals are patrons as cardinal-deacons. The basilica, devoted to the two Arabian Christian brothers, doctors, martyrs and saints Cosmas and Damian, is located in the Forum of Vespasian, also known as the Forum of Peace.