Pope Francis phones Bishop George Bugeja

Bishop George Bugeja

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Bishop George Bugeja, the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli, received a surprise telephone call from Pope Francis last Friday.

The Franciscan Province in Malta, which Bishop Bugeja hails from, said that during the brief call, the Pope showed his concern and expressed his closeness to the Libya mission in light of the delicate moment it had been going through in the past few years, in light of the country’s ongoing political turmoil and because of the Covid-19 crisis. Bishop Bugeja explained how Libya’s small Christian community was living its faith in difficult conditions.

The Franciscan Province observed that the phone call was a sign of the affection the Pope showed for the Libya mission, which is entrusted to the care of the Franciscans.

Bishop Bugeja, who hails from Xagħra, was ordained a priest in 1986 and has been serving in Libya since 2015, when he was appointed coadjutor bishop to assist the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli at the time, Bishop Giovanni Innocenzo Martinelli.

He succeeded Martinelli as the Apostolic Vicar of Tripoli in February 2017.