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To His Excellency
The Honorable Giorgio Napolitano
President of the Italian Republic
Palazzo del Quirinale
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]