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|First Bishop of Malta|
|Died||c. 125, Athens, Greece|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Patronage||Floriana, Malta, country of Malta|
It was the same Publius who received the Apostle Paul during his shipwreck on the island as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles. According to the Acts of the Apostles, St. Paul cured Publius' dysentery-afflicted father.
"In the vicinity of that place were lands belonging to a man named Publius, the chief of the island. He welcomed us and received us cordially as his guests for three days. It so happened that the father of Publius was sick with a fever and dysentery. Paul visited him and, after praying, laid his hands on him and healed him. After this had taken place, the rest of the sick on the island came to Paul and were cured. They paid us great honor and when we eventually set sail they brought us the provisions we needed." - Acts 28:7-10, New American Bible
In fact apart from being the particular patron saint of the town of Floriana, Saint Publius is also one of the patron saints of Malta. St Publius was never canonised as all the biblical saints, so he is not recognised as Malta's first saint for that reason. Reference Mons Scicluna - postulator of George Preca on Xarabank, 8/6/07.
He was martyred c. 125, during the persecution of Emperor Hadrian.
His feast is celebrated on January 22.
- "Publius of Malta". Patron Saints Index. http://www.catholic-forum.com/SAINTS/saintp4x.htm. Retrieved September 23 2006.