Pope’s Telegram to President Giorgio Napolitano of Italy

Here is the translation of the telegram sent by Pope Francis to Italian President Giorgio Napolitano, prior to embarking on his first Apostolic visit to Rio de Janeiro for World Youth Day.

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To His Excellency

The Honorable Giorgio Napolitano

President of the Italian Republic

Palazzo del Quirinale

00187 Rome

At the moment in which I set about to leave for Brazil, on the occasion of the World Youth Day, to meet with young people from all over the world and to encourage them to be witnesses of hope and architects of peace, I am pleased to address to you, Mr. President, and to all Italians my cordial greetings which I accompany with the most fervent wishes for serenity and confidence in the future.

FRANCISCUS PP.

[Translation by ZENIT]

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