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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Condolences to Israel

Having received the news of the death of former President Shimon Peres, the Holy Father has sent a message of condolence to the President of the State of Israel.

Condolences of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
at the death of President-emeritus Shimon Peres

His Excellency Reuven Rivlin
President of the State of Israel

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of His Excellency Shimon Peres, and I wish to convey to you and to all the people of Israel my heartfelt condolences. I fondly recall my time with Mister Peres at the Vatican and renew my great appreciation for the late President's tireless efforts in favour of peace.

As the State of Israel mourns Mister Peres, I hope that his memory and many years of service will inspire us all to work with ever greater urgency for peace and reconciliation between peoples. In this way, his legacy will truly be honoured and the common good for which he so diligently laboured will find new expressions, as humanity strives to advance on the path towards enduring peace.

With the assurance of my prayers for all who grieve, especially for the Peres family, I invoke the divine blessings of consolation and strength upon the nation.

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