Official Statement on the Election of Pope Benedict XVI


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Attribute to Dr. A. Kenneth Ciongoli, Chairman, National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) 

On behalf of the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF), we congratulate Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on his election as the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.

As a successor to Pope John Paul II, we wish him every success as he leads the Roman Catholic Church and its one billion faithful across the globe.

We also wish him much enlightenment and courage as he confronts the world’s greatest challenges. VIVA IL PAPA!

Washington, DC
April 19, 2005

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