Papal congratulations for re-elected Italian president
April 22, 2013
Pope Francis has written to congratulate Giorgio Napolitano on his re-election to the Italian presidency.
After Napolitano was chosen to serve a new term, ending a long stalemate in the Italian political leadership, the Pope praised him for his “ready willingness and a spirit of sacrifice.” The Pope offered his best wishes and prayers for a successful new term.
Napolitano, who was re-elected at the age of 87, agreed to serve despite expressing keen disappointment with the failure of lawmakers to choose a new president and a new government leadership.