March 23, 2020 / 9:25 AM / 2 months ago

Pope Francis' May 31 trip to Malta postponed due to coronavirus

Pope Francis is seen delivering his weekly Angelus prayer at Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican City as Italians stay home as part of a lockdown against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome, Italy March 22, 2020. REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis’s trip to Malta, which had been scheduled to take place on May 31, has been postponed indefinitely, the Vatican said on Monday.

It was to have been the first trip by a pontiff in 10 years to the tiny Mediterranean island, where he was expected to speak about the rights of migrants.

Reporting By Philip Pullella; Editing by Catherine Evans

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