2017-06-17 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis sent his condolences on Saturday to German Chancellor Angela Merkel upon the death of her predecessor, former Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Helmut Kohl died on Friday at the age of 87, having served as Chancellor from 1982 to 1998.

In a telegramme, the Pope sends his “heartfelt condolences” for the loss of the “Chancellor of Unity”.

“Chancellor Kohl, that great statesman and convinced European, worked with far-sightedness and dedication for the good of the German people and those in neighboring European countries.”

The Holy Father prayed that “Merciful God reward him for his tireless efforts in favour of the unity of Germany and the European Union, as well as for his commitment to peace and reconciliation.”

He closed the telegramme with a prayer that the Lord give him “eternal joy and life in the heavenly Fatherland” and extended to all who mourn ex-Chancellor Kohl the blessings of God.

(from Vatican Radio)