2016-04-10 13:02:00

Pope prays for India fire victims, grieves with families

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a message expressing condolences and promising prayers for the victims of a deadly fire at a Hindu temple in the Indian state of Kerala overnight, as well as for the victims' families. Sent via telegram through the Secretary of State of the Holy See, the Pope's message also also asks God to bless the whole nation of India.

Below, please find the full text of Pope Francis' telegram, in its official English version


His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the tragic fire at the Puttingal temple complex in Paravur, and he sends condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured. Praying for all affected by this tragedy, and for the relief efforts underway, Pope Francis invokes upon the nation the divine blessings of strength and peace.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

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