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Pope Francis congratulates SVDP Syria

by | Jun 24, 2014 | Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Vincentian Family

svdp-logoPope Francis congratulates the  Society of Saint Vincent de Paul  (SVDP) of Damascus on its 150th anniversary.
 The Superior General has just received notice of the following letter  written in the name of Pope Francis and has asked that it be shared.
Dear Father Gregory Gay,
We are proud to inform you that we have received a letter in the name of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on the occasion of the 150 anniversary of the establishment of Saint Vincent de Paul in Damascus – Syria. Please find attached herewith a copy of the original letter in French and its translation into English and Arabic.
Yours in Saint Vincent de Paul,
Riad Sargi
Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Damascus – Syria
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Apostolic Nunciature of Syria                                                     Damascus, 14 December 2013

Dear Mr. Sargi,

His Excellence Bishop Angelo Becciu, The Substitute of the Secretary of the Vatican, has asked me to convey the following letter which he addresses you in the name of the Holy Father Francis:

“ Mr. Riad SARGI

The President of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – Damascus / Syria

On the occasion of the 150 anniversary of its establishment, His Holiness Pope Francis offers the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Damascus his warmest congratulations. The objectives and activities of the Society form a tangible expression to what the Mother Church means towards the poor , the children, the youths, the elderly people, the prisoners and the patients, in particular at these difficult moments that the Country passes through. For better achievements of these objectives, the Holy Father encourages the Society’s members to live a deep communion among themselves, to keep firm in their faith, and ardent in the charity, nourished with the word of God and in living the sacraments. He entrusts them to the intercession of Saint Vincent de Paul, and to the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary, the Pope grants them his blessings, and through them to all the People who benefit from their work.

+ Angelo Becciu

I assure you that I remember you all in my prayers, and offer Mr. Sargi the best expression of my feelings through the Lord.

+ Arcbishop Mario ZENARI

Apostolic Nuncio

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