Saints of the Day – Publius of Malta, Bishop, Martyr

detail of an antique Italian holy card of Saint Publius of Malta by Bertoni, date unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiArticle

Died c.112. Tradition identifies Saint Publius as the prefect or “chief man of the island of Malta.” He was host to Saint Paul when the apostle was on his way to Rome as a prisoner; Paul cured his father of fever and dysentery (Acts 28:7-10). According to tradition, Publius later became the first bishop of Malta, though another tradition has him bishop of Athens and suffering martyrdom there during the reign of Emperor Trajan (Benedictines, Delaney).

MLA Citation

  • Katherine I Rabenstein. Saints of the Day, 1998. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 October 2021. Web. 16 October 2021. <>