Farewell of Pope Francis to Slovakia as he Boards Plane and FULL TEXT Telegrams of Thanks to Heads of State as He Arrives Safely in Rome
After Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Šaštín , which was the Pope’s final public Mass of the journey, he addressed the faithful:
FULL TEXT : Concluding Words of His Holiness Pope Francis
Dear brother Bishops, I offer you my heartfelt thanks for all of your preparations and your welcome. I renew my gratitude to the President of the Republic and the civil authorities. And I am grateful to all who, in different ways, have cooperated in this pilgrimage, above all by their prayers.
I carry you in my heart. Ďakujem všetkým! [Thank you all!]
I carry you in my heart, concluded the Pope. "Ďakujem všetkým! [Thank you all!]"
In the afternoon, Pope Francis was greeted at the airport by the President of the Republic, Mrs. Zuzana Čaputová, and by civil authorities, before leaving for Rome on what will be the very last papal Alitalia flight before the company closes down.
Telegrams to the Heads of State
President of the Slovak Republic
As I depart Slovakia at the conclusion of my apostolic journey, I wish to express my deep gratitude to your excellency and the Slovak people for your generous welcome and hospitality. In renewing the assurance of my prayers for the nation's peace and well-being, I invoke upon all of you God's abundant blessings.
His Excellency János áder
President of the Republic of Hungary
Returning to Rome at the conclusion of my apostolic journey to Budapest and Slovakia, I renew my greetings to your excellency and the people of Hungary. commending you once more to the providential care of God our Father, I invoke upon the nation his abundant blessings.
His Excellency Zoran Milanović
President of the Republic of Croatia
Upon entering Croatia's airspace at the conclusion of my apostolic journey to Budapest and Slovakia, I renew my greetings to your excellency and your fellow citizens, and willingly invoke upon the nation the abundant blessings of almighty God.
overflight Bosnia and Herzegovina
His excellency željko Komšić
chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina
As my flight carries me over Bosnia and Herzegovina at the conclusion of my apostolic journey to Budapest and Slovakia, I offer my best wishes to your excellency and your fellow citizens, and I invoke upon the nation abundant divine blessings.
Arrival - Italy
to your Excellency
President of the Italian Republic
Palazzo del Quirinale
on the return from the apostolic journey to Budapest and Slovakia, where I had the joy of meeting local populations rich in spiritual fervor, I express to you, Mr president, my warm greetings and ensure a special wellness Italy, on which I invoke heavenly blessings.Sources: https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2021/09/15/0577/01213.html