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Valetta

Religion

Cathedral of Mdina in MaltaCathedral of Mdina in MaltaPhoto: Tony Hisgett CC 2.0 Generic no changes made

The vast majority of Maltese are Roman Catholic. There are around 300 churches on the small island, which are still well attended. Malta has been an independent church province since 1943. The village festival, the festa, which celebrates the local patron saint, is a mixture of religion and worldly entertainment. The processions and giant fireworks are visited by many tourists. It is also noteworthy that many bus drivers have a statue of the Virgin Mary and prayer cards on their dashboard surrounded by flashing lights. The patron saints of Malta are St. Paul, St. Publius and St. Agatha. The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, known as Santa Marija, is celebrated exuberantly in the Maltese Islands.


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CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles Minbuza

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