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23 July 2014

President's grandchild gives Pope Francis plastic dinosaur as gift

 - Friday, 21 March 2014, 16:23
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Like his papal predecessors, Pope Francis receives all kinds of official gifts from visiting dignitaries: plaques, religious icons and limited-edition books.

On Friday, he received something rather unique from little Luca Manconi, the 3-year-old grandson of Maltese President George Abela, who tagged along for his grandfather's audience with the pope. When Luca and his parents joined Abela's delegation at the end of the 20-minute private meeting, he presented Francis with a little plastic dinosaur.

Pope Francis seemed utterly charmed by Luca and his 2-year-old cousin Georgia-Mae, taking them both by the hand and walking to his chair. He also gave a tender kiss to Luca's 6-week-old brother, Matteo.

Dr Abela ends his five-year term as Malta's figurehead president 4 April.

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John Vella says:
22 March 2014 08:02

Viva il-Labour, Viva l-Labour, Ghawc! Ghawc! Ghawc!
If this whole delegation was payed for out of their pocket and I knew about it was going I would have sent some marbles that we as a nation have lost lately from our brains for the pope to bless.
It seem you have to be tal-Labour or their family or their children or their children's children and if something is left their children's children.
Give us a brake are we all Maltese we all have families and are proud of them too, we simple are not in politics.

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Richard Depasquale says:
22 March 2014 07:49

family outing to the Pope, blessing the kids and photo-op, compliments of the Maltese tax-payer . . . . how banana republic

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Martin Said says:
21 March 2014 18:34

Xi hlew!! Kollha qaddisin. Nispera li ma hallastx ghal dan il grupp kollu!!
Dinosawru....Rigal Addatat!!

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