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Catholicism’s Centuries-long Contribution to Country of Malta, at Forefront of Pope’s Meeting With President

Discussed ‘collaboration between Church and State in favor of human, social, cultural and spiritual progress of the population, in particular the young’

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.

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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