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Monday, March 7, 2005


VATICAN CITY, MAR 5, 2005 (VIS) - Made public today were two telegrams sent by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, in the Pope's name, to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for the liberation yesterday evening of Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who had been held hostage in Iraq, and to Fr. Maurizio Calipari for the death of his brother Nicola who died in the operation to free the journalist.

  The Holy Father expresses his "satisfaction for the work done" by the Italian government and by those who "generously worked for the happy ending of the deplorable kidnapping." At the same time the Pope, "saddened by the tragic death of Nicola Calipari," expresses his "spiritual closeness and heartfelt condolences to the government and to the colleagues of this most faithful and heroic servant of State, who in accomplishing the delicate mission with which he was entrusted did not hesitate to sacrifice his life."

  In the second telegram, to the brother of the deceased security agent, Fr. Calipari, who is an official in the Pontifical Academy for Life, John Paul II expresses his "profound spiritual closeness" to him and to family members, especially the mother, wife and children of the deceased. "In admiration of the heroic gesture, which was motivated by a sense of duty and by sentiments of Christian virtue, His Holiness raises fervent prayers for the repose of the soul" of the deceased.

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