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Pope Francis Meets with President of Malta

Focused on Importance of Religious Values in Culture and Life of Maltese People

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Pope Francis met with the President of Malta, George Vella, this morning, Sept. 16, 2019, in the Vatican.

According to a statement from the Holy See Press Office, the discussions took place «in a cordial atmosphere» and «satisfaction was expressed for the good state of relations between Malta and the Holy See.»

Emphasis, it stressed, 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,» it continued, «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 Maltese President subsequently met with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who was accompanied by Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Antoine Camilleri,

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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