President George Vella in private audience with Pope Francis (Updated)
Today, Monday 16 September 2019, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the President of Malta, His Excellency Mr. George Vella, who subsequently met with His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, accompanied by the Most Reverend Msgr. Antoine Camilleri, Apostolic Nuncio, under-Secretary for Relations with States.
During the discussions, which took place in a cordial atmosphere, satisfaction was expressed for the good state of relations between Malta and the Holy See, and emphasis was placed on the importance of religious values in the culture and life of the Maltese people, highlighting the contribution of the Catholic Church in the field of education.
In this context, the Parties took into consideration some of the challenges that the country must face, with reference especially to the phenomenon of migration towards Europe, which strongly involves the Church and the government, and environmental protection. Finally, there was an exchange of views on various regional situations, with particular reference to the Mediterranean.
The President, is accompanied by his wife as well as by Education Minister Evarist Bartolo, will also meet with the Vatican’s secretary of state, cardinal Pietro Parolin.
He will then meet with Italian president Sergio Mattarella in Rome on Tuesday, at an event that will be held at the Quirinal Palace.
Dolores Cristina will serve as acting president during his absence.
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