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“People do not love God, because they do not know God”

Malta’s most recent saint — canonised under Benedict XVI in 2007 and beatified by JPII in May 2001 — is Saint George Preca who “anticipated the Second Vatican Council by 60 years” by founding a society to teach lay people about doctrine and Scripture. His remains lie in the chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Hamrun under a wax effigy made at Madame Tussaud’s in London.

His Society for Christian Doctrine was originally called Sons and Daughters of the Pope and has branches around Malta and its sister island Gozo. It has a centre in Norwood and its members do pastoral work in Brixton. You can find them on their website Members of the society pray every Sunday “We greet you Holy Father. You are the Rock of Faith. You have the keys of heaven. May God be with you”.

The Society’s Latin tagline is Magister Utinam Evangelium Universus Mundus (Master, how I would that the whole world follow your Gospel) and most people know it by the acronym M.U.S.E.U.M.

In Malta they have 440 lay celibate male members and 350 lay celibate women members. They live by the rule set by Saint George Preca and run most of the catechesis on the island.

Written by annaarco

April 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

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