President visits the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus in central Rome
On the last day of his visit to the Vatican City and Rome, President George Vella visited the Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus located in the centre of Rome. These sisters began their mission in Gozo and today are dispersed in several countries.
The Franciscan Sisters of the Heart of Jesus also have their own schools. In the centre of Rome, the Sisters have two classes with children between the ages of three to five. The Mother General, Sr Vitaliana Zammit, explained that until a few years ago there were more classes.
” The reality of the matter, of course is that because families are smaller today, there aren’t as many children as there were before. Even orphans were kept here. This here was a great mission house, which today, both in Italy and even other places, has been removed, and no longer exists. But it was a big house with a great mission.”
The education theme was addressed several times during President George Vella’s visit. Education Minister Evarist Bartolo said that the President stressed the need for education which was character building.
“The Vatican document on education applies not only to the Church schools. In fact I wish that these documents and the values that emanate from them become better known in Malta, not only known but practiced. Especially the Pope’s viewpoint that we need to educate the minds, hearts and hands because such brings about not only a good education which changes things for the better, but one which is inspired by good values. ”
During this visit, President George Vella attended Mass with the Maltese community in Rome concelebrated by Cardinal Prospero Grech and met Maltese who are living in Rome. Some 300 Maltese live in Italy’s Lazio region. During this visit, the Maltese community recalled Independence day. On this occasion, the President Vella said that from the beginning of his presidency in April, he had started working and paying great attention to the needs of those who are most vulnerable in society to ensure them a life of dignity.