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.
© Libreria Editrice Vatican[Original text: Italian] [ZENIT’s translation by Virginia M. Forrester]