"Your pastoral action reaffirmed the centrality of the person - with his inalienable rights and his equally inescapable duties and responsibilities - for the safeguard of the planet, the common home of all humanity". This is how he addresses himself Sergio Mattarella to Pope francesco in the message sent to Bergoglio on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of his pontificate. "The encyclicals 'Laudato Sì and 'Fratelli tutti' represent milestones on a journey which in the 'Document on human fraternity' finds new, concrete and promising prospects for mutual understanding and fruitful collaboration", continued the President of the Republic.
The Head of State then wanted to underline to Pope Francis that "the international community looks with keen interest at your work and your words, which trace the main road to ensure humanity a horizon of peace and authentic development. Your magisterium - added Mattarella - aimed at eliminating inequalities and supporting the most vulnerable fringes of our societies, it has profoundly marked this decade and I am sure it will continue to represent a point of reference for governments, international organizations and multitudes of believers and non-believers".
And, observed the president, Bergoglio's "constant solicitude" towards Italy and those who live in our country is highly appreciated by our national community, which looks with hope to the Primate of Italy and his numerous trips to big cities and actually smaller ones but no less important. For this commitment - concluded Mattarella - I am personally very grateful". Then the wish, from the Head of State to Pope Francis, "of many years of fruitful magisterium".