Men carry a statue of the apostle Paul through the streets of Valletta, capital of Malta, during the 2008 Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck. The national holiday commemorates Paul’s shipwreck and three-month stay on Malta in AD 60, when tradition says he established the island’s first Christian community. Catholic mass is held multiple times on the day at the Collegiate Parish Church of St. Paul’s Shipwreck. Festivities conclude with the procession of the statue of Paul as crowds yell and pray.

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