Pope Francis to be welcomed at Ta’ Pinu

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Gozo and Bishop Mario Grech announced that Pope Francis will be welcomed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of Ta’ Pinu while he welcomed the news of the Apostolic visit by Pope Francis to Malta and Gozo.

Bishop Grech delivered his message at the end of a Pontifical Mass at the Parish Church of St Paul’s Shipwreck at Munxar. He described the visit as “divine grace”.

He remarked that the motto chosen for the Papal visit was verse 2 from Chapter 28 of the Acts of the Apostles; “They showed us unusual kindness.”

Mgr Grech said that he was convinced that the visit will serve as a confirmation to Pope Francis, that “we are a nation who has a lot of good qualities”. He explained that the Papal visit will serve not only as a boost for the Catholic community in Malta, but will also encourage us to cherish our heritage, values and virtues.

Quoting Fabrice Hadjadj, Mgr Grech explained that Jesus became man to assist man remain man. He explained that those “who recognize Jesus, are empowered in such a way that their choices will never tarnish the dignity of each person, irrespective of their age, race, sex, beliefs…”

Bishop Grech encouraged the congregation to pray to the Holy Spirit so that our hearts and minds are prepared to welcome Pope Francis during the upcoming Apostolic visit.