Papal visit in the offing

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Newsbook.com.mt is reliably informed that His Holiness Pope Francis will be visiting Malta in the coming weeks. The visit will probably happen before summer and the Pope’s itinerary is likely to include stops in both Malta and Gozo. Contacted for a comment, the spokesperson for the Archbishop’s Curia said that the Maltese Bishops, moved by the warm words towards the people of Malta which Pope Francis has recently uttered in various occasions of late, had renewed their invitation to His Holiness to visit the Maltese Islands.

Pope Francis with H G Archbishop Scicluna

Indeed, recently, Pope Francis’ eye has been drawn to the Island of St Paul and the visit was discussed between His Holiness and the Archbishop of Malta when the latter met the Pope recently.

Informed sources close to the Vatican have confirmed the visit, which will be the fourth papal visit in 30 years. The first ever Papal visit to Malta was in 1990 when St John Paul II spent almost 3 days in Malta.  This was followed by another visit by the same Pope in 2001 when he beatified Dun Ġorġ Preca, Sr Adeodata Pisani and Blessed Nazju Falzon. In 2010 Malta was again blessed by another papal visit, this time by Pope Benedict XVI, who, in 2007 had canonised St Ġorġ Preca.

Pope Francis with H G Bishop Grech

It is understood that Pope Francis’ visit will not be a long one this time around. The Vatican sources have said that official confirmation of the news is imminent.

Prime Minister Abela with Apostolic Nuncio Mgr Alessandro d’Errico

More information as the story develops.