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Pope sends telegrams to heads of State on flight to Panama

Pope Francis sent telegrams to heads of State of the countries over which the papal plane flew on Wednesday, as he made his way to Panama for World Youth Day.

France

HIS EXCELLENCY EMMANUEL MACRON

PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC

PARIS

AS I FLY OVER FRANCE ON MY WAY TO PANAMA FOR MY APOSTOLIC VISIT, I SEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AND YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS.  I PRAY THAT ALMIGHTY GOD MAY GRANT YOU ALL PEACE AND STRENGTH AND I INVOKE DIVINE BLESSINGS UPON THE NATION.

FRANCISCUS PP.

Spain

HIS MAJESTY FELIPE VI

KING OF SPAIN

MADRID

I EXTEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOUR MAJESTY, THE MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY, AND THE PEOPLE OF SPAIN AS I FLY OVER YOUR COUNTRY ON MY WAY TO PANAMA FOR MY APOSTOLIC VISIT.  INVOKING THE BLESSING OF ALMIGHTY GOD UPON THE NATION I PRAY THAT HE MAY GRANT ALL OF YOU PEACE AND WELL-BEING.

FRANCISCUS PP.

Portugal

HIS EXCELLENCY MARCELO REBELO DE SOUSA

PRESIDENT OF THE PORTUGUESE REPUBLIC

LISBON

I OFFER BEST WISHES AND THE ASSURANCE OF MY PRAYERS AS MY APOSTOLIC VISIT TO PANAMA TAKES ME THROUGH PORTUGUESE AIRSPACE.  ENTRUSTING THE NATION TO THE CARE OF ALMIGHTY GOD I WILLINGLY INVOKE UPON THE PEOPLE OF PORTUGAL THE BLESSINGS OF JOY AND PEACE.

FRANCISCUS PP.

United States of America

THE HONORABLE DONALD J. TRUMP

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

WASHINGTON

AS I FLY THROUGH THE AIRSPACE OF THE UNITED STATES ON MY WAY TO PANAMA, I SEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOU AND TO YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS.  INVOKING THE BLESSINGS OF ALMIGHTY GOD UPON YOU ALL, I PRAY THAT PEACE AND WELL-BEING MAY FLOURISH IN THE NATION.

FRANCISCUS PP.

Dominican Republic

HIS EXCELLENCY DANILO MEDINA SÁNCHEZ

PRESIDENT OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

SANTO DOMINGO

AS I TRAVEL OVER THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ON MY APOSTOLIC VISIT TO PANAMA, I OFFER BEST WISHES TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AND YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS, WITH THE ASSURANCE OF MY PRAYERS FOR THE PEACE AND PROSPERITY OF THE NATION.

FRANCISCUS PP.

The Netherlands

HIS MAJESTY WILLEM-ALEXANDER

KING OF THE NETHERLANDS

AS I FLY OVER THE DUTCH CARIBBEAN ON MY APOSTOLIC VISIT TO PANAMA, I EXTEND WARM GREETINGS TO THE CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS, PRAYING THAT ALMIGHTY GOD MAY BLESS YOU ALL.

FRANCISCUS PP.

Colombia

HIS EXCELLENCY IVÁN DUQUE MÁRQUEZ

PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA

BOGOTÁ

AS I FLY OVER COLOMBIA ON MY APOSTOLIC VISIT TO PANAMA, I EXTEND TO YOU AND THE PEOPLE OF THE NATION MY WARM GREETINGS.  UPON ALL OF YOU I INVOKE THE DIVINE BLESSINGS OF PEACE AND STRENGTH.

FRANCISCUS PP.

23 January 2019, 11:53