Archbishop meets the Pope at the Vatican


Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna met Pope Francis after a plenary session of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which was held at the Vatican today.

The Pope had appointed the Archbishop as Adjunct Secretary of the congregation, whose role is to defend Catholic doctrine, in November 2018. Prior to his return to Malta, the Archbishop had also been the congregation’s Promoter of Justice, a role which saw him serve as the Vatican’s chief prosecutor of clergy accused of the sexual abuse of minors.

The Archbishop had revealed that he would be meeting the Pope in an interview with Newsbook last Monday, in which he expressed his hope that the pontiff would accept an “open invitation” by Malta’s Bishops to visit the island.

Mgr Scicluna also recalled that the Pope had recently described the Maltese as “people of goodwill,” leading the Bishops to renew their invitation. He said that whenever he met Maltese, the Pope always said that his thoughts were with “this nation on the periphery of Europe, which faces a great challenge in welcoming groups of immigrants and show them love and generosity.”

In his address during the CDF’s plenary session, the Pope stressed that “faith opens us to our neighbour and to his needs, from the littlest to the greatest.”

“Therefore, the transmission of the faith calls for taking into account its recipient, that he be known and loved actively. In this perspective, your commitment is significant to reflect, in the course of this Plenary, on the care of people in the critical and terminal phases of life.”

He added that “the present socio-cultural context is eroding progressively awareness regarding what makes human life precious,” and urged those present to continue their struggle against this current.