Former Italian President Napolitano died in a hospital in Rome on the 22nd. Pope Francis sent a message of condolences to Napolitano’s widow.
(Vatican News Network) Former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano passed away in Rome on the evening of September 22 at the age of 98. Before his death, he was receiving treatment at Rome’s Saviour’s Hospital, but his health had deteriorated in recent days. During a public audience on Wednesday, the 20th of this month, Pope Francis called on believers to express their care for and pray for former Italian President Napolitano.
After receiving the news of the former president’s death, the Pope immediately sent a message of condolences to Napolitano’s widow Clio Bittoni Napolitano that night, expressing his condolences and “thanking this politician who During his period of important institutional responsibilities, he demonstrated a high degree of intellectual talent and a sincere enthusiasm for Italian political life, as well as an extreme concern for the fate of the country.”
In his message of condolences, the Pope wrote: “I recall with gratitude the personal meetings I had with him, opportunities in which he made important choices with impartiality and showed a side of humanity and foresight that I admire, Especially at critical moments in the life of the country, he was always motivated by the pursuit of the common good and promoted unity and harmony in a spirit of solidarity.”
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