- Saint Publius
Roman Catholic Church
Athens, Greece[http://orthodoxengland.org.uk/oemalta.htm Orthodox Europe] ]
titles=First Bishop of Malta
patronage=Floriana, Malta, country of Malta
It was the same Publius who received the
Apostle Paulduring his shipwreckon 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 saintof 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 are never canonised, so he is not recognised as Malta's first saint for that reason. Reference Mons Scicluna - postulator of George Precaon Xarabank, 8/6/07.
He was martyred c. 112, during the persecution of Emperor
His feast is celebrated on
There is another Saint Publius in Greece which may have been mixed up with Malta's Publius.The other St Publius was a monk.
*cite web | title= Publius of Malta | work= Patron Saints Index | url=http://www.catholic-forum.com/SAINTS/saintp4x.htm | accessmonthday=September 23 | accessyear=2006
* [http://www.geocities.com/floriananet/ For more information on Publius]
* [http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15757b.htm Info on the other St Publius]
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