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Pope Francis sends telegrams during flight to Cuba

Pope Francis was set to arrive at Jose Marti International Airport

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HAVANA – During his flight to Cuba in an Alitalia plane, Pope Francis sent  out messages to the heads of state the plane was flying over Friday. 

He flew over Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. And he sent the messages in Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese, according to Radio Vaticana

"I send a cordial greeting to [head of state] as I fly over [name of country] 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." 

Pope Francis will be stopping in Cuba on his way to Mexico for a historic meeting with the Russian Orthodox  Church Patriarch Kirill of Moscow. 

 

These are the messages he sent out: 

  Italy

A SUA ECCELLENZA
ON. SERGIO MATTARELLA
PRESIDENTE  DELLA  REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
PALAZZO  DEL  QUIRINALE                                         00187   ROMA

NEL MOMENTO IN CUI LASCIO ROMA PER RECARMI IN MESSICO PER SOSTENERE LA MISSIONE DELLA CHIESA LOCALE E PORTARE UN MESSAGGIO DI SPERANZA, MI E’ CARO RIVOLGERE A LEI, SIGNOR PRESIDENTE, IL MIO DEFERENTE SALUTO, CHE ACCOMPAGNO CON FERVIDI AUSPICI PER IL BENESSERE SPIRITUALE, CIVILE E SOCIALE DEL POPOLO ITALIANO, CUI INVIO VOLENTIERI LA BENEDIZIONE APOSTOLICA
                                                                                                                             FRANCISCUS PP. 

France

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

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

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

 

 


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