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More than a Religion…The influence of the Church in Malta 1798-1829

The Malta Historical Society would like to invite you to the public lecture
More than a Religion…The influence of the Church in Malta 1798-1829
By Evelyn Pullicino
On Wednesday, 28 February 2024, at 6.15 pm
At the Oratory of the Immaculate Conception, Jesuit Church, Valletta

This event is in collaboration with The Jesuits’ Church Foundation and is kindly sponsored by The Alfred Mizzi Foundation



The strong position of the local Catholic Church in Malta through the centuries has always been asserted by historians. Little has, however, been written in detail about the influence of the Church during the first three decades of the nineteenth century after the Island experienced a quick transition from the rule of the Order of St John, the short French rule and the start of the British administration of the Island. The representatives of the British crown and the ecclesiastical authorities formed what was deemed as the established authority in Malta. It was only with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, 1814, when Maltese archipelago was officially assigned to Britain as a colony, that the British ventured to modify the local judicial system and the jurisdictional privileges of the Catholic Church. Religion was too important to the Maltese, and because of the influence the Church had on the people, the British took years to find acceptable procedures by which to introduce these reforms causing various tensions in the process. This study traces and analyses the most important events that ultimately led to the significant reforms regarding sanctuary and immunity that the British managed to get through in 1828.


Evelyn Pullicino studied at the University of Malta. Her historical research focuses on social history topics. Her PhD research examined nineteenth-century criminal court records. She published her study in the volume Breaking the Law in Nineteenth-century Malta (Midsea, 2023). She has written several researched
articles and papers in local magazines and journals and co-edited the volume Speciosa Citta` Rohan (2022). After working as an Information Officer in the Civil Service, she was also involved in the tourism sector guiding journalists and VIPs and teaching prospective guides. She taught European, International and Maltese History at secondary and sixth form level and lectured on the history of the EU and International 19th and 20th century history at the International School of Foundation Studies at the University of Malta. At present she is the Assistant Archivist at the Diocesan Archive, Floriana and President of the Friends of the National Archives Malta.

More than a Religion…The influence of the Church in Malta 1798-1829

Speaker: Evelyn Pullicino

February 28, 2024 @ 18:15
6:15 pm — 7:45 pm (1h 30′)

More than a Religion…The influence of the Church in Malta 1798-1829