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Pope sends telegrams on return flight from Mexico

2016-02-18 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  As per tradition, Pope Francis has sent telegrams to the heads of state of the countries his plane flew over on Thursday, as he returned to Rome from his Apostolic Journey to Mexico.

He overflew Mexico, the United States, Portugal, Spain, and Italy, sending each head of state cordial greetings and invoking upon them 'abundant divine blessings'.

The full text of the telegrams is below:

MEXICO

HIS EXCELLENCY ENRIQUE PENA NIETO

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED MEXICAN STATES

MEXICO CITY

AS I DEPART FROM MEXICO, I EXTEND TO YOU, THE GOVERNMENT AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE NATION MY HEARTFELT GRATITUDE FOR YOUR WARM WELCOME AND EVERY KINDNESS SHOWN TO ME DURING MY VISIT. I RENEW TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY THE ASSURANCE OF MY PRAYERS FOR PEACE AND UNITY.

                                                                FRANCIS PP

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

THE HONORABLE BARACK H. OBAMA

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

WASHINGTON

I EXTEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOU AS I FLY OVER THE COUNTRY ON MY WAY HOME FROM MEXICO.  RENEWING THE ASSURANCE OF MY PRAYERS FOR YOU AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, I INVOKE UPON YOU ABUNDANT DIVINE BLESSINGS.

                                                                  FRANCIS PP

PORTUGAL

 

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 BACK FROM 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

 

SPAIN

 

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 BACK FROM 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.

 

ITALY

A SUA ECCELLENZA

ON. SERGIO MATTARELLA

PRESIDENTE  DELLA  REPUBBLICA ITALIANA

PALAZZO  DEL  QUIRINALE                        00187   ROMA

AL RIENTRO DAL VIAGGIO APOSTOLICO IN MESSICO, DOVE HO POTUTO INCONTRARE NUMEROSI FEDELI E RAPPRESENTANTI DI QUELLE CARE POPOLAZIONI AMMIRANDONE LA FEDE E IL DESIDERIO DI CRESCITA SPIRITUALE E SOCIALE, ESPRIMO A LEI, SIGNOR PRESIDENTE, IL MIO CORDIALE SALUTO ED ASSICURO UNA SPECIALE PREGHIERA PER IL BENE, LA SERENITA’ E LA PROSPERITA’ DELLA DILETTA NAZIONE ITALIANA, ALLA QUALE INVIO LA  MIA AFFETTUOSA BENEDIZIONE

                                                                   FRANCISCUS PP.

(from Vatican Radio)