Pope Francis met with President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, this morning.
According to a statement released by the Holy See Press Office today noting their discussions were cordial, it stressed that the parties evoked the good constructive relations between the Holy See and Malta.
The Pope and Maltese President, the statement noted, expressed appreciation for, “the collaboration between Church and State in favor of the human, social, cultural and spiritual progress of the population, in particular the young, in the light of the centuries-long contribution that Catholicism has offered the country.”
Subsequently, it added, various themes of common interest were considered, “with particular reference to the prospects of European integration and issues relating to the situation of the Mediterranean area, such as the migratory phenomenon, cooperation in development and interreligious dialogue.”
After meeting with the Pope, the president met with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Msgr. Antoine Camilleri.