Pope Francis Sends Greeting to President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella Amid Resignation of Italy's Prime Minister
Pope Francis sent the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, his best wishes as he marks his 81st birthday on July 23rd. The greetings came in a telegram sent soon after Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi resigned, after serving just over 1 year. This was due to the collapse of his “unity” coalition in Parliament. Italy will therefore hold an early national election on September 25. Pope Francis, in July 2020, appointed Mario Draghi as an ordinary academicians of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
TELEGRAM of Pope Francis:
On the happy anniversary of your birthday, I would like to share cordial greetings with you, ensuring the prayerful remembrance for your person and for the high service you performs in favor of the beloved Italian people. in this particular situation, marked by many difficulties and crucial choices for the life of the country, you continue to offer a fundamental and essential contribution, with kind authority and exemplary dedication.
I therefore gladly join those who share today's joy, making my best wishes for your birthday and, while I renew my personal esteem, I send my apostolic blessing, which I extend to family members, collaborators and the whole nation, asking you to pray for me.