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Papal tribute to recently deceased missionary

April 22, 2024

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CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis paid tribute to a 43-year-old Italian missionary priest who died in a traffic accident in Côte d’Ivoire (map).

“It is with sorrow that I have received the news of the death, in an accident, of Father Matteo Pettinari, a young missionary of the Consolata in the Ivory Coast,” Pope Francis told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on April 20. “He was known as the ‘tireless missionary,’ who left a great testimony of generous service. Let us pray for his soul.”

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