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Schedule released for Pope's April visit to Malta

February 10, 2010

The Vatican has released the schedule for an April visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Malta. The papal trip will coincide with celebrations marking the 1950th anniversary of St. Paul's shipwreck on the island nation.

The Holy Father will fly to Malta on Saturday morning, April 17, arriving in the afternoon and paying a courtesy call on the nation's president. He will then visit the Grotto of St. Paul, where the Apostle lived during his 3-month stay on the island. On Sunday, April 18, the Pontiff will celebrate Mass in a public square, then board a boat for a meeting in the port of Valletta with the young people of Malta. Later in the day he will return to Rome.

The papal schedule was released on February 10, which observed as a holy day in Malta, commemorating St. Paul's arrival there. Malta, with a population of just over 400,000, is 98% Catholic.


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