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The fraternity and imagination of a gentle man

· Cardinal Bertone on the anniversary of the Pontificate ·

Prime Minister Monti with Benedict XVI

A gentle and calm man, able to create friendship and cordiality, even during work meetings, which with him are never “routine and rigid, but infused with an atmosphere of fraternity and imagination”. It was Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, who has been a close collaborator for years, who said this of the person of Joseph Ratzinger, far from sensation and the media spotlight, in the columns of the Italian daily Il Messaggero on Thursday, 19 April, the 7th anniversary of Benedict XVI's election as the Successor of the Peter the Apostle.

The Secretary of State spoke of the Pope's human and personal dimension and the distorted ways he is described by the media in an interview with Antonio Preziosi, director of the news programme “Prima di tutto” of Radio Rai and Rai Radio 1, on Thursday, 19 April.

Among the various congratulations which arrived for Benedict XVI on this particularly significant anniversary was that of the Prime Minister Mario Monti, yesterday afternoon, Wednesday, 18 April, who came to the Vatican for a personal and private visit with the Pontiff; thus confirming the mutual relationship of esteem and friendship, which is reflected in the climate of understanding and collaboration between Italy and the Holy See. This is was also seen in the course of the traditional reception organized in the evening at the Apostolic Nunciature in Italy for the anniversary of the Pontificate. At this reception Cardinal Bertone and Prime Minister Monti were also present.

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