6 Gozitan and 14 Maltese altar boys meet Pope Francis in Rome
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A group of altar boys from Gozo and Malta are currently at Vatican City to offer liturgical services at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
There are 6 from Gozo and 14 from Malta, who are continuing the tradition that has been ongoing for the last 54-years.
Following the Angelus held at St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Francis met the altar boys and there was the opportunity for a group photo to be taken.
The Gozo Diocese sent its congratulations to the boys from Gozo – Matthew Grech from Kercem Parish, Luke Cardona from Fontana Parish, Thomas Zammit and Matthew Xuereb from Xaghra Parish, Jean Carl Muscat from Munxar Parish and Michael Xerri from Xewkija, on meeting Pope Francis.
Pope Francis asked after the Maltese Bishops and said he took pleasure in hearing about the ordination of the new Auxiliary Bishop of Malta, Mgr. Joseph Galea-Curmi.
The altar boys are being accompanied on their time at the Vatican by Fr Frans Bonnici who is the Director of the National Association of Altar Boys, Fr Mark Ellul and Seminarian Matthew Bajada from Xaghra.
Pope Francis, at the end of the meeting, blessed them and thanked the altar-boys for their commitment, he also gave each of them rosary beads.