The 79th Grand Master of the Order of Malta will be buried in the crypt of the Maltese Cathedral | Catholic National Register

Fra ‘Festing, who died in Malta on November 12 at the age of 71, will be buried in the Grand Masters’ crypt of the cathedral, which was reopened to the public in January 2020 after restoration work.

VALLETTA, Malta – Fra ‘Matthew Festing, the 79th Grand Master of the Order of Malta, will be buried in the crypt of a cathedral in the Maltese capital after his funeral on December 3.

The order announced on November 17 that the funeral will be held at 2 p.m. local time at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta.

Cardinal Silvano Maria Tomasi, Special Delegate of Pope Francis to the Order of Malta, will celebrate Requiem Mass and Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta will concelebrate.

Fra ‘Marco Luzzago, Lieutenant of the Grand Master, will attend the ceremony.

Fra ‘Festing, who died in Malta on November 12 at the age of 71, will be buried in the Grand Masters’ crypt of the cathedral, which was reopened to the public in January 2020 after restoration work.

Television Malta reported that Fra ‘Festing will be the 12th Grand Master of the order to be buried in the crypt and the first in hundreds of years.

Fra ‘Festing was the Grand Master of the lay religious Catholic order, founded in Jerusalem in the 11th century, from 2008 until his resignation in 2017.

The Grand Magisterium of the order said on November 12 that the Englishman felt bad after attending a solemn profession of religious vows in St. John’s Co-Cathedral on November 4. He was admitted to hospital, where he later died.

“On the day of the funeral, the flags of the Sovereign Order of Malta will fly at half mast on the buildings of the Order’s institutions and works around the world,” the Order said in its November 17 statement.


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