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Parliament receives Pope Francis’ appreciation letter

Parliament receives Pope Francis’ appreciation letter

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DILI, 13 june 2023 (TATOLI) – Monsignor Marco Sprizzi, Chargé d’Affaires of the Holy See Embassy in Dili, today delivered Pope Francis’ appreciation letter to the National Parliament.

In his appreciation letter, Pope Francis thanked the National Parliament for the ratification of the Document for Human Fraternity for world peace and living together and the amendments of the Migration and Asylum Law to grant visas to foreign missionaries in Timor-Leste.

“I paid a visit to the National Parliament to deliver a letter of appreciation to the President of the National Parliament on behalf of the Holy Father,” Sprizzi told reporters at the National Parliament, in Dili, today. 

Sprizzi also thanked the National Parliament for the good collaboration over the past five years.

“The National Parliament and the Chargé d’Affaires of the Holy See Embassy in Dili have indeed initiated some remarkable initiatives, including granting visas to foreign missionaries living in Dili,” Sprizzi said. 

He explained that many Catholic missionaries who serve Timorese people, especially the poorest, are the ones who had problems with visas. But the problem was solved in a timely legislative manner. So I would like to express my appreciation to the National Parliament.”

Sprizzi also thanked the National Parliament for the adoption of the document on “Human Fraternity”, which was approved by Pope Francis and Ahmed el-Tayyeb, the great imam of Al-Azhar, for the promotion of peace and harmony between Christians and Muslims: “It would not have been possible without the collaboration of all MPs and the President of the Republic, José Ramos Horta.”

He informed that Pope Francis also thanked the two deputies of the Secretary General of the National Parliament for attending the consistory ceremony of Cardinal Virgilio do Carmo da Silva held at the St. Peter’s Basilica, in the Vatican, Rome, last year. 

The President of the National Parliament, Aniceto Guterres said that the Parliament and the Holy See have maintained a good collaboration for the good of the Timorese people.

 

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges

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