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Holy Father Upon Departure to Africa Sends Telegram to Italian President

Offers Prayers for Good of Italian People

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.

© Libreria Editrice Vatican

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

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