Malta

Population

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The country profiles are intended to provide some background and context for the descriptions of the churches. These profiles should be read in conjunction with those of the churches in the country.

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410000
Surface area:320 km2
Capital:Valletta
GNI per capita:13590 US$
Classification:Developed economy
Languages:

Maltese

English

Religions:

Christian: 98.00%

Muslim: 1.00%

Christianity:

Catholics: 381100

Protestants: 1120

Anglicans: 1000

Independent: 900

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Malta has been host to many different civilizations, including the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Italians, French and British.  It received self-rule and a constitution from the British in 1921, but this was revoked during the Second World War, and it was not until 1964 that Malta achieved independence.  In 1974 the constitution was revised and the government reorganized as a parliamentary republic.  During the Crusades, the Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, gave Malta the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, who remained in control of the island until the nineteenth century, when it was colonized by Britain.  Virtually all citizens of Malta are baptized into the Roman Catholic Church, which is the state church and dominates the social and cultural life of the island.  The Roman Catholic Church also owns over one-sixth of all property on the island, and publishes its daily newspaper.  In addition, it is influential in education and health care.  There are no WCC member churches based in this country.

 

(source:  In God's Hands)

 

Ecumenical Organizations and Councils

WCC member churches based in Malta

    WCC member churches present in Malta

    Note: The list of churches present in countries is still in development.

    Last updated: 01/01/06