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Pope Francis to visit Malta May 31

On May 31, Pope Francis will visit Malta. He will also go to Gozo, one of the 21 islands making up the Maltese Archipelago. It is among the places most-affected by the migrant and refugee crisis.

In September, Pope Francis met in the Vatican with the president of the country, George Vella. Both talked about the crisis of migration, poverty and the future of young people in Africa. These points were especially interesting to the pope and will surely be a part of his agenda on the island.

In addition, at the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January, Pope Francis referred to the welcome given to St. Paul.

Once in Malta, they experience the hospitality of the island's inhabitants, their kindness and humanity.

Within the last year, the island showed great prominence for the Holy See. In December, the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls exposed an impressive manger scene that combined the identity of Malta with the birth of Jesus.

Daniel Díaz Vizzi
Translated: Melissa Butz