Pope Francis visits Malta, urges support for migrants
03 April 2022 | 11:29 am
Pope Francis took an elevator to board his flight to Malta to "avoid unnecessary strain." The trip to Malta comes one day after he apologized to Canada's indigenous communities for abuses at residential schools there.
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