Carmelo Zammit was yesterday morning ordained as Gibraltar’s Roman Catholic Bishop in a mass in Malta.
Thankful for the number of people and the clergy from Gibraltar who had travelled to Malta to be present at the ceremony, his message was clear: “I am sure I can do my best to bring the church in Gibraltar forward and to lead the church in Gibraltar.”
Having served locally for 20 years, he acknowledged, “Gibraltar is a lovely place and I love it. The people are very kind and they are generous and they love their priests. That is what makes me love Gibraltar so much.”
“I am going back home ‘from home to home’,” he told the congregation.
“I consider Gibraltar and Malta both my homes.”
The beautiful and dignified two and half hour Ordination Mass at St Paul’s Cathedral in Mdina was filled to capacity with local dignitaries, family and friends from both Gibraltar and Malta. The Gibraltar Government was represented by Minister Samantha Sacramento. Also present was the representative of Pope Francis Monsignor Simon.