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Holy Father Upon Departure to Africa Sends Telegram to Italian President

Offers Prayers for Good of Italian People

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At the moment of leaving the Italian territory, the Hoy Father Francis sent the following telegram, which we translate below, to the President of the Italian Republic, The Honourable Sergio Mattarella.

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 The Holy Father’s Telegram

 To His Excellency,

The Honourable Sergio Mattarella,

President of the Italian Republic

Palazzo del Quirinale

At the moment I am about to undertake an Apostolic Journey to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius, moved by the heartfelt desire to meet brethren in the faith and the inhabitants of those dear nations, I am pleased to address to you, Mister President, the expression of my deferent greeting, which I accompany with fervid prayer for the good of the Italian people.

Franciscus PP.

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[Original text: Italian]  [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]
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