(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Wednesday sent a telegramme to Italian President Sergio Mattarella upon his departure from Rome's Fiumicino Airport for his Apostolic Journey to Colombia.
In the telegramme, the Pope said he travels to Colombia "in order to sustain the local Church's mission and to bring a message of hope".
He also sends "fervid hopes for the spiritual, civil, and social well-being of the beloved Italian nation" and imparts his Apostolic Blessing.
Please find below a Vatican Radio English-language translation of the telegramme:
"As I depart from Rome for my Journey to Colombia, in order to sustain the local Church's mission and to bring a message of hope, I greatly desire to send you, Mr. President, my deferential greetings, which I accompany with fervid hopes for the spiritual, civil, and social well-being of the beloved Italian nation, to which I gladly send my Apostolic Blessing."
The original Italian text of the telegramme is below:
A SUA ECCELLENZA
ON. SERGIO MATTARELLA
PRESIDENTE DELLA REPUBBLICA ITALIANA
PALAZZO DEL QUIRINALE 00187 ROMA
NEL MOMENTO IN CUI LASCIO ROMA PER RECARMI IN COLOMBIA, 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 DELLA DILETTA NAZIONE ITALIANA, CUI INVIO VOLENTIERI LA BENEDIZIONE APOSTOLICA