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The time is approaching to let all your skeletons out of the closet, dust off the spooks, stock up on sweets and take your children trick-or-treating. Halloween is just around the corner and so are the ghosts and ghouls waiting for you to be properly frightened, promising the kids their annual sugar rush. 

Mellieha, Malta

Mellieha, Malta. (Danuta Hamlin)

However, in the country of Malta, a slightly different trickery is on display all year round… and it does not involve candy bars. 

Kercem Parish Church displaying two clocks, Gozo, Malta

Kercem Parish Church displaying two clocks, Gozo, Malta. (Piotr Kurzyna)

During a recent visit to the Mediterranean island of Malta, something odd caught my eye. Two clocks were placed on the wall of a local church with each showing a different time. 

St Paul's Cathedral, Mdina, Malta

St Paul’s Cathedral, Mdina, Malta. (Danuta Hamlin)

At first, I assumed one of the time pieces was broken, or perhaps a church caretaker neglected to synchronize them. Then, as I traveled across the island, the story repeated itself: one church, two clocks set to different times.

Rotunda of Mosta, Malta

Rotunda of Mosta, Malta. (Piotr Kurzyna)


Well, the answer turned out to make perfect sense. According to a local legend, the two clocks are there to confuse the devil. 

They mean the real thing. With two clocks showing two different times, the devil will have no idea when holy mass starts, so he will not show up to cause trouble. 

Church of St. Margaret, Sannat, Gozo. Malta

Church of St. Margaret, Sannat, Gozo. Malta. (Piotr Kurzyna)

The concept may appear dated, and these days the islanders see it only as a fun tradition. However, the French poet Charles Baudelaire once wrote, “The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world that he did not exist.” 

In the fantasy television series “Good Omens” a demon named Crawley nicely blends into the fabric of society. He wears modern clothes and fancy sunglasses, lives in a London apartment, talks to his plants, not always nicely, and drives a vintage car. So how would we know he is not one of us? 

Then, there is “The Exorcist” … a rather scary movie about a ritual still occasionally performed by the clergy of the Catholic Church. 

In a 2013 interview in New York Magazine, the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia expressed his opinion on the matter, stating that we do not see the devil much anymore because “he got wilier.”


St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta.

St John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta. (Piotr Kurzyna)

In the capital city of Valletta, Saint John’s Cathedral, completed in 1577, appears to be sporting three clocks, but upon a closer examination only the top one is a real time piece; the other two dials indicate the date and the day of the week.

Mellieha celebrates the feast of Maria Bambina with fireworks

Mellieha celebrates the feast of Maria Bambina. (Piotr Kurzyna)

It is said that there are some 365 churches in the Maltese archipelago, which also includes the islands of Gozo and Comino. That is one church for each day of the year. 

Statue of Jesus Christ in Floriana, Malta

Christ the King monument in Floriana, Malta. (Danuta Hamlin)

Roman Catholicism is the official religion in Malta and the residents enjoy a vast array of Christian holidays and festivals. The Christian faith in Malta goes all the way back to the apostles. 

St. Paul’s Island, Malta

St. Paul’s Island, Malta. The site of the shipwreck St. Paul the Apostle in 60 AD. (Piotr Kurzyna)

It was the year of 60 AD, when St. Paul the Apostle, who was on his way to Rome, got shipwrecked during a violent storm. According to Christian tradition, he was fished out by the locals and brought ashore along with the other travelers.

Saint Paul’s statue

Saint Paul’s statue. St. Paul Grott in Rabat, Malta. (Piotr Kurzyna)


While gathering wood for a bonfire, St. Paul was bitten by a deadly viper but somehow showed no ill effects of the venom. It was perceived as a miracle. During his three months on the island, St. Paul planted the roots of Christianity here, before the New Testament was even written. 

Popeye Village in Malta

Popeye Village in Malta. (Danuta Hamlin)

Malta is a beautiful, historic Island, known for its picturesque lagoons, ancient fortifications and the order of the Knights of Malta. 

Knights of Malta, Fort Saint Elmo in Valletta

Knights of Malta, Fort Saint Elmo in Valletta. (Piotr Kurzyna)

Judging by the thickness of the fortification walls in Valletta, life has not always been peaceful.

Valletta, Malta

Valletta, Malta. (Piotr Kurzyna)

During WWII, it was referred to as the most bombed island in Europe, suffering great damage from German and Italian air raids. 

Malta bombed in WWII by Italian and German warplanes Video

Queen Elizabeth II made her home here when she was still just a princess and her husband, Prince Philip, was stationed here with the British navy. She enjoyed her life there as it was the only place she called home outside the U.K. 

Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip

Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at the Villa Guardamangia in Malta. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)


Malta gained its independence from Great Britain in 1964 and joined the European Union in 2004. 

Mellieha Parish Church, Malta

Mellieha Parish Church, Malta. (Piotr Kurzyna)

So, if you decide to visit the picturesque archipelago of Malta, do not be tricked by their clocks – the one on the right shows the correct time. The one on the left is for you-know-who.

Danuta Hamlin joined Fox News Channel in 1997.  She is the author of two books: The Manuscript and “Camp Nel.” 

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