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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


VATICAN CITY, JAN 24, 2006 (VIS) - Given below is the text of a telegram sent, in the name of Benedict XVI, by Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano to Bishop Zef Gashi S.D.B., apostolic administrator of Prizren, Srbija i Crna Gora, for the death last Saturday, January 21, of Ibrahim Rugova, president of Kosovo.

  "Having learned the sad news of the death of President Ibrahim Rugova, the Supreme Pontiff charges Your Excellency to offer his heartfelt condolences for the bereavement that has struck the people and government of Kosovo; at the same time, he gives assurances of his spiritual closeness at this moment of trial. In recalling the solid civic virtues that inspired the life of the dear departed, and his generous service to his fellow citizens, His Holiness calls on God to bring down abundant blessings upon the beloved inhabitants of Kosovo."
TGR/DEATH RUGOVA/GASHI:SODANO                    VIS 20060124 (160)

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