This morning Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea Curmi met with the new President, George Vella.
Mgr. Scicluna wished Vella the best of luck and presented him with a statue of St. George as a gift.
In his inaugural speech, President Vella referred to the dialogue with the Church in Malta as well as with other creeds. He said that such dialogue falls squarely within the parameter of national unity, an aspect which the new president emphasised greatly in his inauguration.
Meanwhile in his homily, Archbishop Scicluna quoted Pope Francis, who said that good politics is at the service of peace, respects and promotes fundamental human rights and enables the forging of an inter-generational bond of trust. He said that the greatest challenge in politics is to make every effort to protect those who live there and to create conditions for a just and worthy future.
The President also met the Prime Minister and his Cabinet Ministers.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat formally congratulated the President on his inauguration, saying that it was an honour for him and his Ministers to have worked with Dr Vella.
Dr Muscat also explained that he believed the President’s mandate would be characterized by integrity and leadership.
The new President George Vella also paid a courtesy visit to the President Emeritus Eddie Fenech Adami.