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Now the date is fixed: Pope Francis will visit the island of Malta at the end of May. He wants to draw attention to refugee problem. A more detailed program follows, as the Vatican announced.
Pope Francis is scheduled to arrive in Rome on 31. May visit Malta. The Vatican confirmed the day's journey on Monday. Francis had accepted the invitation of the President of Malta, as well as the authorities and the Catholic Church of the country. Stations are to be both islands of the smallest EU state: Malta and Gozo. A more detailed program will follow in due course, it was said.
Boat trip of the apostle Paul
The motto of the trip comes from the book of Acts in the New Testament and reads: "The locals showed us unusual human kindness." The statement refers to the Apostle Paul's journey by ship to Rome, during which he and his companions were stranded on Malta due to a shipwreck and were cared for there by the locals.
A central theme of the Pope's visit could be the migration policy of the EU. Malta and a 2019 agreement of the same name on the distribution of migrants in Europe play an important role in the process. Malta's Archbishop Charles Scicluna is also a close confidant of the Pope and one of his most important collaborators in the fight against sexual abuse in the Church.