Pope Benedict XVI has just begun his Apostolic Journey to Malta - his first overseas visit of 2010.
He landed here shortly before 5pm local time and is now on his way to a reception at the presidential palace.
Malta is one of the most Catholic countries in Europe, if not the world, and the Holy Father made a point of praising its Catholic culture and values in his discourse at the airport welcoming ceremony (see below).
The Pope, who is here to celebrate the 1950th anniversary of St. Paul’s shipwreck off the island, pointed out that “some might consider Saint Paul’s arrival in Malta by means of a humanly unforeseen event to be a mere accident of history. The eyes of faith, however,...READ MORE