Watch: The Maltese have been welcoming since St. Paul’s time – Pope Francis

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

The Maltese have been welcoming since the time of St. Paul’s shipwreck according to Pope Francis.

“The shipwreck follows the landing on the island of Malta, whose inhabitants show a caring welcome. The Maltese are good, they are meek, they have been welcoming since that time. It rains and it’s cold and they light a bonfire to give the castaways some warmth and relief,” said Pope Francis during his General Audience speech this morning. He addressed groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from around the world in the Paul VI Hall.

In his speech in Italian, the Pope, resuming the cycle of catechesis on the Acts of the Apostles, focused his meditation on the theme: “There will be no loss of human lives among you” (Ac 27.22). The proof of the shipwreck: between the salvation of God and the hospitality of the Maltese (Biblical passage: From the Acts of the Apostles, 27, 15.21-24.).

After summarizing his catechesis in different languages, the Holy Father addressed particular expressions of greeting to the groups of faithful present.

The General Audience ended with the singing of the Pater Noster and the Apostolic Blessing.