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Pope sends his condolences on death of former Italian President Ciampi

Pope Francis expressed his condolences in a telegramme for the death of ex-Italian President Carlo Ciampi (R), recalling his friendship with Pope St. John Paul II, shown together in this Aug. 20, 2000 file photo - AP

Pope Francis expressed his condolences in a telegramme for the death of ex-Italian President Carlo Ciampi (R), recalling his friendship with Pope St. John Paul II, shown together in this Aug. 20, 2000 file photo - AP

16/09/2016 14:30

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has sent a telegramme to the Italian Senate expressing his condolences for the death of former Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

Senator Ciampi served as the Prime Minister of Italy from 1993 to 1994 and as President of the Italian Republic from 1999 to 2006. He passed away on Friday at the age of 95 in a clinic in Rome.

In the telegramme, the Holy Father extended his “deeply felt condolences” to Mr. Ciampi’s wife and children.

He also recalled the “sincere friendship which bound this illustrious man of the institutions to Pope St. John Paul II”.

The Holy Father closed the telegramme by extending his Apostolic Blessing.

Below, please find the original telegramme in Italian:

GENTILE SIGNORA FRANCA PILLA CIAMPI

C/O SENATO DELLA REPUBBLICA - PALAZZO GIUSTINIANI

VIA DELLA DOGANA VECCHIA  29  00186  ROMA

DESIDERO PORGERE LE MIE PIU’ SENTITE CONDOGLIANZE A LEI, AI FIGLI E A TUTTI I FAMILIARI IN QUESTO MOMENTO DI DOLORE PER LA MORTE DEL SENATORE CARLO AZEGLIO CIAMPI, PRESIDENTE EMERITO DELLA REPUBBLICA ITALIANA, CHE RICOPRI’ LE PUBBLICHE RESPONSABILITA’ CON SIGNORILE DISCREZIONE E FORTE SENSO DELLO STATO. NEL RICORDARE LA SINCERA AMICIZIA CHE LEGAVA QUESTO ILLUSTRE UOMO DELLE ISTITUZIONI A SAN GIOVANNI PAOLO SECONDO, ELEVO FERVIDE PREGHIERE DI SUFFRAGIO INVOCANDO DAL SIGNORE PER LA SUA ANIMA LA PACE ETERNA. CON TALI SENTIMENTI INVIO A LEI E AI CONGIUNTI LA BENEDIZIONE APOSTOLICA

FRANCISCUS PP 

16/09/2016 14:30