Addressing the consistory, Cardinal Grech said: "Let Mary, Stella Maris, who the Maltese worship under the title of the Blessed Virgin of Ta' Pinu, fill us with hope."
The decision follows a scandal over a luxury London property deal and the Malta-based investment Centurion Global Fund
Read the letter Pope Francis wrote to Mgr Grech to wish him well on being nominated cardinal
According to reports referring to a letter seen by the Catholic News Agency, the Secretariat of State to embassies accredited to the Holy See announced that Pope Francis will celebrate the Vatican liturgies of the Christmas season “in a private form without the presence of members of the diplomatic Corps.”
The delegation was led by the Mayor of Lampedusa, Totò Martello, representing the participating towns and NGOs of the EU funded project “Snapshots from the Borders”.
In his greetings following the Angelus on Sunday morning, Pope Francis said that he was following the post-electoral situation in Belarus. He called for dialogue, the rejection of violence, respect for justice and rights.
"The health of the emeritus pope does not give cause for concern"
Hackers linked to the Chinese government have infiltrated Vatican computer networks, including the Roman Catholic Church's Hong Kong-based representative, a U.S. firm that tracks state-backed cyber attacks said on Wednesday .