On the occasion of Pope Francis’ visit to Malta, Preca Publications has published the book Il-Papiet Kbar ta’ Żmienna by Robert Aloisio, professor and author of seven books, many of which are biographical. The pope deals with the seven popes or recent history.
One such great pope the book talks about is Pope Pius XII, whose funeral in 1958, precisely 64 years ago, was the first broadcast to Maltese audiences on their televisions. Today, with the help of the mass media, the Popes have become familiar faces across the world, including the Maltese Islands, rather than distant figures.
Pope John XIII entered the hearts of the Maltese, among other things, because he was the first pope to speak in our language. Paul VI was a great friend of Malta – a somewhat forgotten pope whose greatness is reflected in our time. Despite his very short pontificate, Pope Luciani’s sweet smile remains the main feature he was known for.
Beloved Pope John Paul II was the first pope to visit us, and one visit was not enough in one of the longest pontificates in the history of the Church. During his second visit to Malta, he beatified the first three Maltese. Benedict XVI also visited the islands and declared the first Maltese saint.
And now Pope Francis, the friend of the young and the poor, will visit our Maltese islands on April 2.
Il-Papiet Kbar ta’ Żmienna can be obtained from Wednesday, March 30 at the Preca Library, Blata l-Bajda or by emailing the author [email protected] or calling 2122 2626.
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