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Pope’s Telegrams to Heads of States on Way to Mexico

‘I assure you and all the people of your nation of a remembrance in my prayers, and I invoke upon each of you God’s blessings of peace and joy.’

Below are the telegrams Pope Francis sent this morning to the Heads of State of France, Spain, Portugal, and Italy during his flight from Rome toward Cuba, before starting his Apostolic Visit to Mexico, Feb.12-18:

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France Telegram

HIS EXCELLENCY FRANCOIS HOLLANDE

PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC

PARIS

I SEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AS I FLY OVER FRANCE ON MY WAY TO MEXICO. I ASSURE YOU AND ALL THE CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF A REMEMBRANCE IN MY PRAYERS, AND I INVOKE UPON EACH OF YOU GOD’S BLESSINGS OF PEACE AND JOY.

FRANCIS PP.

Spain Telegram

HIS MAJESTY FELIPE VI
KING OF SPAIN
ZARZUELA PALACE
MADRID

I SEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOUR MAJESTY AND THE ROYAL FAMILY AS I FLY OVER SPAIN ON MY WAY TO MEXICO. I ASSURE YOU AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE NATION OF A REMEMBRANCE IN MY PRAYERS, AND I INVOKE UPON EACH OF YOU GOD’S BLESSINGS OF PEACE AND JOY.

FRANCIS PP.

Portugal Telegram

HIS EXCELLENCY ANIBAL CAVACO SILVA
PRESIDENT OF THE PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC
LISBON

I SEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AS I FLY OVER PORTUGAL ON MY WAY TO MEXICO. I ASSURE YOU AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE NATION OF A REMEMBRANCE IN MY PRAYERS, AND I INVOKE UPON EACH OF YOU GOD’S BLESSINGS OF PEACE AND JOY.

FRANCIS PP.

[Original text: English] [Vatican-Provided Text]

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ITALY TELEGRAM

To His Excellency

The Honorable Sergio Mattarella

President of the Italian Republic

Quirinale Palace – 00187 Rome

At the time I leave Rome to go to Mexico to support the mission of the local Church and to bring a message of hope, I am pleased to address to you, Mister President, my respectful greeting, which I accompany with fervent wishes for the spiritual, civil and social well-being of the Italian people, to whom I gladly send the Apostolic Blessing.

Franciscus PP.

[Original text: Italian]

[Translation by ZENIT]

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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