Floriana, Malta, Dec 15, 2021 / 12:00 pm
The Catholic archdiocese of Malta said on Monday that it could not have foreseen an alleged “land grab” on the island of Gozo.
The archdiocese defended its decisions relating to tracts of land on Malta’s second-largest island in a statement on Dec. 13, the day that residents threatened with eviction held a protest outside the Archbishop’s Curia in the town of Floriana.
The statement lamented what it called “the spread of misinformation” concerning the archdiocese’s relationship with a medieval foundation responsible for the land.
The archdiocese, led since 2014 by Archbishop Charles Scicluna, said it wanted “to make clear that it could not have foreseen, let alone exercise control over, a decision in 2019 by the Land Registration Agency to permit the registration of tracts of land in Gozo which caused residents uncertainty over legal title to their homes.”