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First Bishop of Malta
Born 33, Malta
Died c. 125, Athens, Greece[1]
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Feast 21 January
Patronage Floriana, Malta, country of Malta

Saint Publius (in Maltese, San Publju) is venerated as the first Bishop of Malta. Publius' conversion led to Malta being the first Christian nation in the West, and one of the first in the world.

It was the same Publius who received the Apostle Paul during his shipwreck on the island as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles. According to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul cured Publius' dysentery-afflicted father.

"In the vicinity of that place were lands belonging to a man named Publius, the chief of the island. He welcomed us and received us cordially as his guests for three days. It so happened that the father of Publius was sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and, after praying, laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had taken place, the rest of the sick on the island came to Paul and were cured. They paid us great honor and when we eventually set sail they brought us the provisions we needed." - Acts 28:7-10, New American Bible

In fact apart from being the particular patron saint of the town of Floriana, Saint Publius is also one of the patron saints of Malta. St Publius was never canonised as all the biblical saints, so he is not recognised as Malta's first saint for that reason. Reference Mons Scicluna - postulator of George Preca on Xarabank, 8/6/07.

He was martyred c. 125, during the persecution of Emperor Hadrian.

His feast is celebrated on January 22.



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