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Annan congratulates newly Pope Benedict XVI

Annan congratulates newly elected Pope Benedict XVI

19 April 2005 – United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today congratulated Pope Benedict XVI on his assumption of the papacy and wished the new leader of the Catholic Church "every strength and courage as he takes on his formidable responsibilities."

"His Holiness brings a wealth of experience to this exalted office," Mr. Annan said in a statement issued by his spokesman in New York.

"The United Nations and the Holy See share a strong commitment to peace, social justice, human dignity, religious freedom and mutual respect among the world's religions," said the statement.

"The Secretary-General looks forward to the contributions His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will make in strengthening those values," it said.

19/04/2005
Press Release
SG/SM/9830


SECRETARY-GENERAL CONGRATULATES POPE BENEDICT XVI, WISHES HIM

STRENGTH, COURAGE IN ASSUMING RESPONSIBILITIES

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General congratulates His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on his assumption of the papacy. His Holiness brings a wealth of experience to this exalted office.

The United Nations and the Holy See share a strong commitment to peace, social justice, human dignity, religious freedom and mutual respect among the world’s religions. The Secretary-General looks forward to the contributions His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will make in strengthening those values. He wishes Pope Benedict XVI every strength and courage as he takes on his formidable responsibilities.

ENDS

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