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​Esteem and true appreciation

· The Pope's telegram to Giorgio Napolitano ·

On Wednesday, 14 January, Giorgio Napolitano resigned from his office as President of the Republic of Italy. He was elected in 2006 and then in 2013. Pope Francis sent a telegram for the resignation in Italian, the following of which is a translation.

To His Excellency
Hon. Giorgio Napolitano
President of the Italian
RepublicPalazzo del Quirinale 
00187 Rome

Apprised of your resignation from your duties as Head of State, while I am making an apostolic journey to Sri Lanka and The Philippines, I am close to you spiritually and I would like to express my sentiments of esteem and true appreciation for your generous and exemplary service to the Italian Nation, performed with authoritativeness, loyalty and tireless dedication to the common good. Your enlightened and sage action has been instrumental in consolidating for the people the ideals of solidarity, unity and accord, especially in European and national contexts marked by numerous difficulties. I invoke divine assistance upon you, your wife and those dear to you, and assure you of my constant remembrance in prayer.

FRANCISCUS PP.

14 January 2015

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