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Pope Francis receives Maltese Prime minister, DR. Joseph Muscat



In the Vatican Apostolic Palace, on Monday, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Excellency Dr. Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta. Prime Minister Muscat then met with the Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
During the cordial talks, the apostolic origins of the Maltese Church were recalled, along with the decisive impression that Christianity has made upon the history and culture of the people of the archipelago. Also remembered were the pastoral visits to Malta made by Blessed Pope John Paul II and His Holiness Benedict XVI, which left profound memories in the life of the Church and on the people.
Other issues discussed were the need to reaffirm the maintenance of Christian values and the important rolecarried out by the Catholic Church with her educational and charitable institutions, including teaching the Catholic religion in state schools, Catholic schools, and on Church properties. Particular mention was made of the Agreement on the civil effects of religious marriages, which will be the object of further discussions between the Vatican and the Maltese authorities.





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