Tomás Gargallo

Tomás Gargallo (1536 – 10 June 1614) was a Spanish Roman Catholic prelate who became the Bishop of Malta in 1578.

His Excellency

Tomás Gargallo

O.S.Io.Hieros.
Bishop of Malta
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ChurchRoman Catholic
DioceseMalta
Appointed11 August 1578
In office1578–1614
PredecessorMartín Rojas de Portalrubio
SuccessorBaldassare Cagliares
Orders
Consecration1578
RankBishop
Personal details
Born1536
Died10 August 1614
NationalitySpanish

BiographyEdit

Gargallo was born in Catalonia, Spain, in 1536. Gargallo was appointed as Bishop of Malta by Pope Gregory XIII on 11 August 1578. He was consecrated bishop in Palermo. Whilst in Malta, Gargallo ruled with fear, to the point where no one dared to stand up to him. Consequently, there were clashes with the Inquisition in Malta and he was suspended by Inquisitor Cefalotto in 1582, as a result of his harsh rule. Gargallo also experienced financial difficulties whilst Bishop of Malta. Gargallo welcomed the newly formed order of the Jesuits to Malta. He also established a number of parishes, notably, St Paul's parish, St Dominic's parish and Our Lady of Damascus Greek Catholic parish, all in Valletta. He also established the parishes of Senglea, Cospicua, Kirkop, Safi, Mqabba, Lija, Mosta, Gharghur, and Tarxien. Gargallo died on 10 June 1614 after an episcopate of 36 years.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bishop Tomás Gargal (Gargallo), O.S.Io.Hieros.", Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved on 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ Bonnici, Alexander; Schiavone, Michael J. (2007). Minn Publju sa Pawlu: L-Isqfijiet ta' Malta, ta' Ghawdex, u Isqfijiet Ohra Maltin [From Publius to Paul: The Bishops of Malta, Gozo, and Other Maltese Bishops] (in Maltese). Pieta: Pubblikazzjonijiet Indipendenza. p. 11. ISBN 978-99932-41-91-08-4. OCLC 254299827.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: ignored ISBN errors (link)