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His Excellency Mister Emmanuel Macron
President of the French Republic
On the occasion of your investiture as President of the French Republic, I express to you my very cordial wishes for the exercise of your high functions at the service of all your compatriots. I pray God to sustain you so that your country, in fidelity to the rich diversity of its moral traditions and of its spiritual heritage, marked also by the Christian tradition, may bear always the concern for the building of a more just and fraternal society. In respect of differences and care to persons in situations of precariousness and exclusion, may it contribute to cooperation and solidarity among the nations. May France continue to foster, in the heart of Europe and in the world, the quest for peace and the common good, respect for life as well as the defense of the dignity of each person and of all peoples. I invoke from the depth of my heart, upon your person and upon all the inhabitants of France, the Lord’s blessing.
[Original text: French] [Translation by Zenit, Virginia M. Forrester]