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Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

FR MARIO ATTARD OFM Cap was born in San Gwann on August 26 1972. After being educated in governmental primary and secondary schools as well as at the Naxxar Trade School he felt the call to enter the Franciscan Capuchin Order. After obtaining the university requirements he entered the Capuchin friary at Kalkara on October 12 1993. A year after he was ordained a priest, precisely on 4 September 2004, his superiors sent him to work with patients as a chaplain first at St. Luke's Hospital and later at Mater Dei. In 2007 Fr Mario obtained a Master's Degree in Hospital Chaplaincy from Sydney College of Divinity, University of Sydney, Australia. Currently, he is one of the six chaplains working at Mater Dei Hospital. Furthermore, he is a regular contributor in the MUMN magazine IL-MUSBIEĦ and hosts radio programmes about the spiritual care of the sick.

The Power of the Rosary

We have nearly traveled through the month of May, even if it has been tarnished and hugely saddened by the coronavirus pandemic. However, have we ever fathomed how powerful the Rosary really is? Giants in God’s holiness make us realize the power of...

The Christian View of Sickness

During these difficult and turbulent times we are living in, the question becomes: What is the Christian attitude towards sickness? And further, how should we, as Christian believers, behave in these challenging waters we are swimming in? The...

Lessons from Saint George

On Thursday, 23 April 2020, the universal Church celebrated the great feast of Saint George. Regarding his life, there are many unnecessary historical details. What stands sure, however, is that Saint George is not a myth but a very powerful and...

Prayer and Fraternal Service Go Together

The Second Sunday of Easter is the Sunday in which the universal Church, according to the personal will of Christ himself, celebrates the feast of the Divine Mercy. In entry 229 of her Diary, St. Faustina faithfully records Jesus’ words as given by...

Stay at Home

As the global number of infected people with the COVID-19 virus continues to increase, there is need for prayer and faith. But also, there is need to heed the words of health authorities everywhere: Citizens, stay at home. Stay at home...

Lenten Advice from the Desert Fathers

In his message for this year’s Lent Pope Francis said: “It is good to contemplate more deeply the paschal mystery through which God’s mercy has been bestowed upon us. Indeed, the experience of mercy is only possible in a ‘face to face’ relationship...

A Way Forward

Now that the virus has a foothold in so many countries, the threat of a pandemic has become very real. These are not my words, small and insignificant as I am, but those of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,the World Health Organization’s director-general...

Journeying Lent with the Fathers

“This year the Lord grants us, once again, a favourable time to prepare to celebrate with renewed hearts the great mystery of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the cornerstone of our personal and communal Christian life. We must continually...