CEPACS-SECAM/FL/Vatican. 01/2016 August 1, 2016
Rev. Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ
Out-going Papal Spokesman
Dear Fr. Lombardi,
APPRECIATION AND GRATITUDE FOR YOUR INVALUABLE SERVICES
I wish on behalf of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) and in my own name to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for the invaluable services that you have rendered the Church over the years.
SECAM through its Communications Office, of which I am the Episcopal Chairman, has had very fruitful cooperation and collaboration with you since your years with Vatican Radio’s English Programme and later as Programme Director of Vatican Radio and the Director of Vatican Television and the Vatican Press Office.
Rest assured that we hold you in high esteem for your complete dedication in your work for the Church. On innumerable occasions you have with much skill and humility, as Papal Spokesman, used great diplomacy in engaging journalists on matters pertaining to the Pope and the Church in general. You did aptly explained to the media what Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis really meant to say.
As you retire as Papal Spokesman and head of the Vatican Press Office we pray that the Good Lord will grant you very good rest and reward you abundantly for having truly and uniquely served the Universal Church.
With every good wish.
Yours in Christ,
Most rev. Emmanuel A. Badejo
Bishop of Oyoo, Nigeria and President of CEPACS/SECAM Communications,