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Pope Francis sends telegrams in-flight to Japan

Aboard the papal plane bound for Tokyo, Pope Francis sends his greetings to the Heads of State of the countries flown over.

By Vatican News

After departing from Bangkok, the Pope sent telegrams to the countries and territories the papal plane flew over while enroute to Tokyo, Japan.

He wished everyone might enjoy the blessings of peace and well-being.

Thailand

HIS MAJESTY MAHA VAJIRALONGKORN RAMA X
KING OF THAILAND

BANGKOK

AS I LEAVE THAILAND TO CONTINUE MY APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO JAPAN, I RENEW MY DEEP APPRECIATION TO YOUR MAJESTY, THE ROYAL FAMILY AND THE BELOVED PEOPLE OF THAILAND FOR YOUR WARM WELCOME AND GENEROUS HOSPITALITY.  INVOKING ABUNDANT DIVINE BLESSINGS UPON ALL OF YOU, I OFFER THE ASSURANCE OF MY PRAYERS FOR PEACE AND HARMONY IN THE NATION.

FRANCISCUS PP.

Laos

HIS EXCELLENCY BOUNNHANG VORACHITH
PRESIDENT OF THE LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC
VIENTIANE

I EXTEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AND YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS, AS I ENTER LAOTIAN AIR SPACE.  PRAYING THAT YOUR NATION MAY BE BLESSED WITH PEACE AND WELL-BEING, I INVOKE DIVINE BLESSINGS UPON ALL.

FRANCISCUS PP.

Vietnam

HIS EXCELLENCY Nguyễn Phú Trọng
PRESIDENT OF THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM
HANOI

AS I FLY OVER VIETNAM ON MY WAY TO JAPAN, I EXTEND TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AND YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS MY BEST WISHES.  INVOKING DIVINE BLESSINGS UPON YOU ALL, I PRAY THAT PEACE AND WELL-BEING MAY FLOURISH IN THE NATION.

FRANCISCUS PP.

China

HIS EXCELLENCY XI JINPING
PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
BEIJING

I SEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AS I FLY OVER CHINA ON MY WAY TO JAPAN.  I ASSURE YOU OF MY PRAYERS FOR THE NATION AND ITS PEOPLE, INVOKING UPON ALL OF YOU ABUNDANT BLESSINGS OF PEACE AND JOY.

FRANCISCUS PP.

Hong Kong

HER EXCELLENCY CARRIE LAM
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF HONG KONG SPECIAL
ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

AS I FLY OVER YOUR TERRITORY, I EXTEND MY BEST WISHES TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AND YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS.  INVOKING DIVINE BLESSINGS, I PRAY THAT ALMIGHTY GOD MAY GRANT YOU ALL WELL-BEING AND PEACE.

FRANCISCUS PP.

Taiwan

HER EXCELLENCY Tsai Ing-wen
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN)
TAIPEI

AS I ENTER THE AIRSPACE OF TAIWAN ON MY WAY TO JAPAN, I SEND CORDIAL GREETINGS TO YOUR EXCELLENCY AND YOUR FELLOW CITIZENS.  ASSURING YOU OF MY PRAYERS FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF TAIWAN, I INVOKE ABUNDANT DIVINE BLESSINGS OF PEACE.

FRANCISCUS PP.

23 November 2019, 10:35