- Sep 24, 2020
On Wednesday the Vatican announced that Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, who turns 79 at the end of this month, has stepped down as Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops and will be replaced by Bishop Mario Grech of Malta.
Catholic bishops in Malta said that while they support equality and are against discrimination, they are concerned that two new bills meant to protect people’s rights would instead threaten personal freedoms.
One of the leaders of a controversial lay movement in Malta has said the group was shocked to find out second-hand that the archdiocese had told priests to steer clear of the group, insisting that they have never been contacted about potential problems.
The Archdiocese of Malta has disassociated itself from the Community of Jesus the Savior, which has been accused of espousing cult-like practices, and priests are forbidden to hold any association with it.
When Pope Francis visits the island nation of Malta later this year, his first international trip of 2020, it will likely be framed by key political issues for which he has often raised his voice, including migration and corruption.
Pope Francis will visit the Mediterranean island nation of Malta on May 31, the Vatican said Monday, confirming the Pope’s first foreign trip for the year.