Pope Francis sends telegram of condolence for Taiwan air disaster victims

2014-07-25 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence to the families of victims of an air disaster in Taiwan.

The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed into houses on the Penghu island chain in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China late Wednesday, authorities said. The plane was on a flight from the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.

Below the text of the papal telegram:

The Most Reverend John Hung Shan-chuan

Archbishop of Taipei

President

Chinese Regional Bishops’ Conference

The Holy Father learned with sadness of the air accident near Magong Airport and he asks you kindly to convey his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and the assurance of his prayers for all affected by this tragedy. Upon all he invokes God’s blessings of consolation, strength and peace.

Cardinal Piero Parolin

Secretary of State

(From archive of Vatican Radio)