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Brussels, 13 March 2013
Joint message of congratulations by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, to the newly elected Pope and Head of the Vatican State, His Holiness Francis
"On behalf of the European Union, we convey our sincere congratulations on Your election.
We wish You a long and blessed Pontificate, which will allow Your Holiness and the Catholic Church to defend and promote the fundamental values of peace, solidarity and human dignity. They are essential sign posts in a world facing numerous challenges and undergoing deep change.
We are convinced that Your Holiness will continue to further with determination and strength the work of Your predecessors by bringing the world's people and religions closer together."