Holy Father Pope Francis has expressed his condolences over the murder of a Maltese journalist, who was investigating corruption among leading politicians in the tiny Mediterranean Island nation. His Holiness assured his spiritual closeness to the Maltese people at this difficult moment and implored God’s blessings upon the nation, through a telegram sent on the Pope’s behalf to His Excellency Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, by His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

As reported by Vatican radio, it was conveyed in the telegram that “Saddened by the tragic death of Daphne Caruana Galizia, His Holiness Pope Francis offers prayers for her eternal rest and asks you kindly to convey his condolences to her family.”

The European Union, of which Malta is a member as well as a group of UN human rights experts have asked a prompt, independent investigation into the murder.