Forensic police work on the main road in Bidnija, Malta, which leads to Daphne Caruana Galizias house, looking for evidence on the blast that killed the journalist as she was leaving her home, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Caruana Galizia, a harsh critic of Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat, and who reported extensively on corruption on Malta, was killed by a car bomb on Monday. (AP Photo/Rene Rossignaud)

In rare gesture, pope prays for Malta after journalist slain

October 20, 2017 - 7:38 am

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has sent a letter of condolences to Malta following the car bomb slaying of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

In a highly unusual gesture from the pope over the death of a private citizen, Francis said Friday he was praying for Caruna Galizia's family and the Maltese people as a whole "at this difficult moment."

He said he was "saddened by the tragic death."

The overwhelmingly Catholic nation has been stunned by this week's slaying.

The letter of condolence was addressed to Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna, a longtime Vatican official before he was made a bishop in his native Malta in 2012.

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