President Vella in a private audience with the Pope

    DOI - Kevin Abela

    Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

    Malta’s President George Vella had a private audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. President Vella, on behalf of the Maltese, presented Pope Francis with a mosaic of the Our Lady ta’ Pinu, the work of the Eikon liturgical art centre of the diocese of Gozo.

    President Vella described the Pope as a down to earth person who is close to the people. He added that the Pope understands the Maltese and their way of life. The importance of religious values as part of Maltese culture and the Church’s contribution to education were also discussed. He said that the issue of migration is very close to the heart of the Pope.
    President Vella renewed Malta’s invitation for Pope Francis to visit the Maltese Islands.

    The President was accompanied by his wife Mrs. Miriam Vella and his son George and his daughters Claire and Elaine. Education Minister Evarist Bartolo and his wife are part of the delegation.

    The delegation also discussed Migration

    The Maltese delegation also had a meeting with the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and Under Secretary Mgr. Antoine Camilleri. Migration and other international concerns were amongst the themes discussed. President Vella added that Cardinal Parolin showed his appreciation for the way Malta has been addressing the issue of immigration for the past few years.

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