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St John Paul II visited the islands 31 years ago!

Kim Vella

All devout Catholics in Malta have been eagerly waiting for Pope Francis’ visit… 

…and after several postponements brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the Roman Catholic church will be undertaking his highly-anticipated trip this coming weekend.  

This makes him the third Pope to visit the islands, with St John Paul II having visited Malta in 1990 and 2001, and Pope Benedict XVI having paid us a visit in 2010. 

Papal visit

In anticipation of the return of His Holiness, Malta Audio Visual Memories shared a series of clips showing Pope John Paul II in Malta a whopping 31 years ago. 

It comes as no surprise that the islands came to a standstill when His Holiness arrived on the islands all those years ago. 

Papal visit

The visit will see Pope Francis arrive in Malta at 10am this coming Saturday. Following the arrival ceremony at the Malta International Airport, he will be driven to the President’s Palace in Valletta where he will meet President George Vella. 

Pope Francis will be embarking on tightly-packed programme throughout his visit, which, amongst other things, is set to include a Mass on the Floriana Granaries on Sunday morning. 

Papal visit

Are you excited for the Pope’s return?  

Main image: Facebook/ Malta Audio Visual Memories  

28th March 2022


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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