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Papal appreciation for carabinieri

January 07, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI offered his thanks for the protection of the Italian carabinieri who patrol Vatican City, expressing his appreciation for their “vigilant yet discreet presence.” Their service, he said, “provides security and sereneity for the pilgrims and visitors” who come to the Vatican each year.

In a January 7 meeting with Archbishop Vincenzo Pelvi, who heads the Vatican military ordinariate, and General Leonardo Gallitelli of the carabinieri, the Holy Father invoked the patronage of the Virgin Mary to watch over the Italian forces, “especially those involved in delicate peace missions in various countries of the world.”


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