PM in a private audience with the Pope

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat together with his wife and family members have been received in audience by Pope Francis Saturday morning.

The visit by the Prime Minister has been described as a ‘family visit’. Newsbook.com.mt is informed that this visit has been given this status instead of the original one of an official visit by mutual agreement between the Vatican and the PM in the light of various protests received by the Vatican.

A group of academics, including a former rector of the University of Malta and a high-level official of the Archdiocese of Malta sent a letter to the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Alessandro D’Errico asking for the cancellation of the visit of Prime Minister Muscat to Pope Francis.

Newsbook.com.mt was also informed that many people phoned the Nunciature to show their concern and disapproval for such a meeting. Those who phoned were told to write an email or letter to the Nunciature which they would then forward to the Secretariat of State.