Almost two hours ago, Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Malta. He was met by President George Abela and government representatives, the Archbishop and the auxiliary bishop of Malta, the Bishop of Gozo and various other important people. During his address at the airport, the pope acknowledged the welcome he received and praised the nation and people of Malta for the crucial role in the development and history of Europe and the Mediterranean, located as they are on a crossroads of cultures. He also rooted this identity of the Maltese in the Catholic faith, linking their identity firmly to the arrival of St. Paul to Malta following his shipwreck.
And he speaks a few words of Maltese too.
I will try to translate future addresses, homilies and statements by the pope during his visit. They will appear under a special header at the top of the Translations page.