1. Welcoming Ceremony
Saturday evening, 17 April 2010, at the Malta International Airport in
Luqa, the Holy Father spoke of himself as a pilgrim, coming to celebrate
the 1,950th anniversary of St. Paul's shipwreck off the island of Malta.
2. Visit to
the Cave of St Paul
On Saturday evening, 17 April 2010, the Holy Father prayed silently at
the Grotto of Saint Paul, where the Apostle is believed to have lived
for three months after shipwreck. The Pope then addressed Archbishop
Cremona and the faithful assembled in the piazza.
3. Mass at
the Floriana Granaries
On Sunday morning, 18 April 2010, the Third Sunday of Easter, the Holy
Father celebrated Mass at the Floriana Granaries. In his homily, the
Pope warned against those who say we have no need of God or the Church,
that we can choose our own beliefs and values. The Pope recalled from
the Gospel reading how the disciples caught no fish until they cast
their nets as directed by Christ.
After Mass on Sunday, 18 April 2010, in the Piazza of the Granary at
Floriana, the Holy Father introduced the recitation of the Regina Caeli
by offering a golden rose to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, revered by the
Press Release: Meeting of Pope with Victims of Sexual Abuse
On Sunday 18 April 2010, in the Apostolic Nunciature in Malta, the Holy
Father met a small group of persons who were sexually abused by members
of the clergy.
with Young People
Sunday afternoon, 18 April 2010, the Holy Father met with young people
at the Great Port of Valletta, where he spoke of the encounter with
Christ that St Paul had as a young man. The Pope encouraged young people
not to be afraid of intimate friendship with Christ.
On Sunday evening, 18 April 2010, after his meeting with the young
people, the Holy Father was taken to the International Airport of Malta,
at Luqa, where he big farewell to Malta, encouraging the people to
cherish their religious and cultural heritage.