"Elected to the highest magistracies of the State, President of the Chamber, Senator for life, President of the Republic for two terms, he interpreted with fidelity to the Constitution and acute intelligence the role of guarantor of the values of our community, with heartfelt attention to the instances of renewal present in society. Committed to the cause of the workers, his action to combat the spiral of deaths at work was inexhaustible. His death saddens me deeply" and "I address to his family the condolences of the entire nation". This was written in a message by the President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella." In the life of Giorgio Napolitano - Mattarella writes - a large part of the history of the second half of the twentieth century is reflected, with its dramas, its complexity, its goals, its hopes. From attending, in his youth, the stimulating Neapolitan cultural environment, to adherence to the anti-fascist cause and the communist movement, to the commitment to the development of the South and the subaltern social classes, up to the convinced Europeanist work and strengthening of the values of democracies, President Napolitano has interpreted significant battles for social development, peace and progress of Italy and Europe".
The Pope remembers the former President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano. His death "aroused in me feelings of emotion and at the same time of gratitude for this statesman who, in carrying out his high institutional offices, showed great gifts of intellect and sincere passion for Italian political life, as well as lively interest in the fate of nations". "I cherish grateful memories of the personal meetings I had with him," the Pope recalled in a telegram to his wife Clio Bittoni, "during which I appreciated his humanity and farsightedness in taking important choices with rectitude, especially in delicate moments for the life of the country, with the constant intention of promoting unity and harmony in a spirit of solidarity. animated by the search for the common good".
The President of the Council of Ministers, Giorgia Meloni, expresses condolences, on behalf of the Italian Government, for the death of the President Emeritus of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano. "A thought and deepest condolences to the family.
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