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Mgr Charles Scicluna to be Malta's next Archbishop

Mgr Charles Scicluna will be officially named as Archbishop by the end of this week, according to sources.

The 55-year-old, who has served as Auxiliary Bishop since October 2012, will succeed Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona who stepped down last year for health reasons.

Mgr Scicluna’s appointment follows years of distinguished service at the Vatican where he was as Promoter of Justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In that post he led the Church’s fight against sexual abuse by priests.
Earlier this month the Pope appointed him president of a Vatican College which will consider appeals moved before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith related to serious offences by priests.

Mgr Scicluna was consecrated bishop on November 24, 2012, by Archbishop Paul Cremona and has since earned respect for being a plain talker who has embraced the media. He has also earned a reputation for being a bubbly character with a sense of humour. 

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