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Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Vatican City,  (VIS) - Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. has sent a message in the name of the Holy Father to the presidents of the Italian Senate and Chamber of Deputies, Renato Schifani and Gianfranco Fini, to commemorate ten years since Blessed John Paul II's visit to the parliament.

"The public session of 14 November 2002 in the Hall of Montecitorio constitutes a memorable page in the history of relations between Italy and the Holy See, an event enriched by the authoritative presence of the venerable figure of the Blessed Pontiff, who greatly desired the meeting in spite of his precarious health".

"Ten years on, in a social context rendered more difficult by the consequences of the economic crisis already predicted at the time, it is necessary to recall his invitation to seek nourishment in the vital lymph of Christianity which inspires the social and cultural identity of Italy, and its mission in Europe and the world. Even in the most difficult times, this spiritual and ethical heritage continues to provide sufficient resources to renew people's consciences and lead them towards the common good, especially those called to sit in parliament.

"The Supreme Pontiff therefore hopes that constant collaboration between Italy and the Holy See, and between the State and the Church, will continue to support the progress of Italy, in particular families in their their primary educational and social role, and all citizens, especially in matters of civil responsibility".

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