Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in agreement with the authorities of Malta and the local clergy, the apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Malta has been postponed to a future date to be determined. The sovereign pontiff was to go there on May 31, it would have been his first trip of 2020.
The details of this apostolic visit had not yet been communicated, but it was to allow the pope to once again look into the plight of migrants trying to reach Europe, by crossing the Mediterranean.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI visited Malta during his pontificate on April 17 and 18, 2010. He celebrated the 1,950th year anniversary of St. Paul being shipwrecked on the island in 60 AD, during the saint’s last trip to Rome.
This is the first time since the beginning of Pope Francis’s pontificate that an officially announced trip has been postponed indefinitely.