|Alex Muscat at the Mosta church announcement|
It appears that the Pope's itinerary, during the recent visit of his Holiness to Malta, where Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked back in 60 A.D., on his way to Rome, was artfully planned, so as to avoid a potentially major pitfall, a stop in the town of Mosta. One of the reasons why the Pope avoided Mosta in the visit (it is Alex Muscat's hometown)was that the Vatican wants, at all costs, to avoid the Holy Father being seen in photographs in front of Mosta basilica, which has received Russian CBI passport funds from Alex Muscat, who ran the programme.
Give the diplomats in the Vatican due credit for their wisdom and foresight. One photograph could have jeopardised the entire Ukraine peace efforts of the Vatican, as well as the reputation of the Pope. The Holy See was eminently wise to avoid Mosta in the Pope's itinerary in Malta.
When Alex Muscat*, who recently lost his position as Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship (CBI), made the public announcement at the church last August, that €850,000 in passport funds would be spent on a new floodlighting project, public outcry was overwhelming negative, with angry commentators asserting that Malta had far more pressing needs for the funding than improving lighting at a tourist attraction, which the basilica is. Mosta is part of the 11th Electoral District, the district Alex Muscat represents. A number of other large church projects were also funded, in the period prior to the elections.
To quote from the Comments made at the time on TOM, redacting the identities of the posters:
"So the government uses our taxes to pay 700+ persons of trust, give hundreds of direct orders to their friends and give phantom jobs to party loyalists among much more, but we then "need" 850K from the sale of passports to buy some bloody floodlights."