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Pope Francis sends condolences after death of Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, died on Tuesday at the age of 93. - AFP

Boutros Boutros-Ghali, an Egyptian diplomat and former Secretary-General of the United Nations, died on Tuesday at the age of 93. - AFP

17/02/2016 12:21

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has extended his condolences to the United Nations upon hearing of the death of the former United Nations Secretary-General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

The Egyptian diplomat, a Coptic Christian, died on Tuesday at the age of 93. He served as UN Secretary-General  from 1 January 1992 – 31 December 1996.

A telegram sent by the Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said the Holy Father was “saddened” to hear of Mr. Boutros-Ghali’s death, and extended the Pope’s “heartfelt condolences” to current Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and all those at the United Nations Organization.

“Recalling Mr. Boutros-Ghali’s generous service to his country and to the international community, His Holiness offers the assurance of his prayers for the late Secretary-General’s eternal rest, and he invokes the divine blessings of peace and strength upon the members of his family and all who mourn his loss,” the telegram reads.

 

The full text of the telegram is below

 

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General of the United Nations

New York

His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the death of former Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, and he extends heartfelt condolences to you and your colleagues at the United Nations Organization.  Recalling Mr Boutros-Ghali’s generous service to his country and to the international community, His Holiness offers the assurance of his prayers for the late Secretary-General’s eternal rest, and he invokes the divine blessings of peace and strength upon the members of his family and all who mourn his loss.

                                                                                                                             Cardinal Pietro Parolin

                                                                                                                             Secretary of State

17/02/2016 12:21