Pope Francis visits Vatican State Department

“Why am I here today? To thank all of you because I understand that in these days — yesterday made one month — you have done a lot of work, many extra hours which are not paid. Because you have worked wholeheartedly and this can only be paid by a “many thanks”, a many heartfelt thanks! I therefore wanted to come and greet you and thank each one of you for all the work you have done. Thank you very much. Many heartfelt thanks. Many thanks”. With these words Pope Francis greeted the personnel of his Secretariat of State, whose offices he visited on Friday, 12 April.

Around 10 a.m. he went the Hall of the Library to meet with all of the personnel of the two sections. In total there were about 300 people. Not only priests but men and women religious, lay women and men. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, greeted the Holy Father briefly, explaining the work of those who work in the Secretariat of State, also known as “the Secretariat of the Pope”. After thanking the Cardinal, the Pontiff imparted the blessing and greeted each staff member personally.

Vatican Information Service

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