‘Small things count,’ says cardinal-designate from Maltese island

Crux · 23/11/2020

When he was bishop of the Diocese of Gozo, Malta, Cardinal-designate Mario Grech “was a shepherd with a listening ear” and “a powerful and prophetic word” on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged, said an editorial in the Times of Malta. […]

Just weeks before his nomination as a cardinal, he gave an interview to Civilta Cattolica, the Jesuit journal, where he said the COVID-19 pandemic and its church closures had revealed how far many families have moved from recognizing themselves as the “domestic church” and the cradle of prayer.

“I find it curious that many people have complained about not being able to receive Communion and celebrate funerals in church, but not as many have worried about how to reconcile with God and neighbor, how to listen to and celebrate the Word of God and how to live out a life of service,” he said in the interview, published in English Oct. 23. […]

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Mons. Mario Grech è il nuovo Segretario generale del Sinodo dei Vescovi. Maltese, nato nel 1957, è stato nominato vescovo di Gozo nel 2005 da Benedetto XVI. Dal 2013 al 2016 è stato presidente della Conferenza episcopale di Malta. Il...