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JUST IN: Pope’s Visit to Malta & Gozo in May Is Postponed Until Further Notice

Decision Taken to Protect Against Coronavirus, Announced Today by Director of Holy See Press Office

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis’ anticipated travel to Malta and Gozo on May 31, is being postponed, due to the coronavirus crisis worldwide.

Holy See Press Office Director, Matteo Bruni, said this morning, March 23, 2020: “Due to the current global situation and in agreement with the authorities and the local Church, the announced Apostolic Trip to Malta has been postponed until further notice.”

The original statement announcing the trip had said:

“Welcoming the invitation of the President of the Republic of Malta, the Authorities and the Catholic Church of the Country,” Bruni said in a statement, “His Holiness Pope Francis will make an Apostolic Journey to Malta and Gozo on May 31, 2020.”

“The program of the journey will be published at a later stage,” he said.


About 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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, 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': or

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