- Feb 21, 2020
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.
As political unrest in Malta continues following revelations that top government officials are implicated in the murder of an investigative journalist, the country’s bishops have voiced shock at the state of affairs, insisting that while the past can’t be changed, a new course can be set for the future.
Maltese Cardinal Prosper Grech, an Augustinian priest and expert on the fathers of the early church, died Dec. 30 at the Santo Spirito Hospital near the Vatican. He was 94.
This week Malta’s bishops have urged the public to stay calm and avoid violence as turmoil mounts following shocking revelations involving top government officials made in the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Speaking to Crux, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said follow-up will be key to the pope’s Feb. 21-24 summit on clerical sexual abuse.