Malta asked Pope Francis to host a family of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea to give a concrete example to other EU countries on how burden sharing should be.
The Maltese government’s request was made through a diplomatic message.
Maltese Foreign Minister Evarist Bartolo said that the Holy See has the moral authority to discuss the issue of migration with EU political leaders and to find a political and humanitarian solution to this human suffering.
All Maltese ports are closed as a precautionary measure to combat the transmission of coronavirus and no migrants saved at sea can disembark in Malta. Pope Francis had plans to meet migrants in Malta during a pastoral visit scheduled for this month, but which was postponed due to travel restrictions because of the coronavirus.