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Your Excellency President Masire, My dear brother Bishop Setlalekgosi, Noble People of Botswana, Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ. It is a great joy for me to begin this visit to your country. I wish to greet you in a true spirit of friendship and respect, and to assure you of my fervent prayers for the well-being and prosperity of the people of Botswana. I am grateful to President Masire and the Government for their kind invitation. I also wish to thank Bishop Setlalekgosi and all the Catholic faithful who have made this visit possible.