Pope Francis will visit Malta on May 31.
President George Vella confirmed the news on Monday morning.
He said he hoped the visit ‘would bring with it divine blessing and national unity’.
Prime Minister Robert Abela welcomed news of the visit on social media.
He said: ‘This visit should be an opportunity for us to show the values we cherish as a nation.
‘Helping our neighbour, tolerance and civil rights are all themes close to Pope Francis’ heart.
‘They are also values which this government believes in.’
The Vatican said that the Pope’s itinerary would ‘include stops in both Malta and Gozo’, as well as the national shrine at Ta’ Pinu near Gharb.
It will be the fourth Papal visit to the Maltese Islands.
Other Papal visits to Malta
1990 – Pope John Paul II spent three days in Malta and Gozo
2001 – Pope John Paul II returned to Malta
2010 – Pope Benedict XVI visited Malta
Messaġġ tal-Prim Ministru Robert Abela b’rabta maż-Żjara tal-Papa Franġisku f’Malta f'Mejju li ġej.
Publiée par MaltaGov sur Lundi 10 février 2020