Pope sends condolences for Venezuelan victims of prison riots

2013-01-31 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) On behalf of Pope Benedict XVI, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has sent a telegramme of condolences to Venezuelan Archbishop Antonio José Lopez Castillo following the tragic incidents that took place this week at the Uribana Prison in Venezuela where 61 people died and over 100 were injured in two days of gunfights and rioting.

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To Bishop Antonio José López Castillo, Archbishop of Barquisimeto
His Holiness Benedict XVI, deeply saddened by the news of the tragic incidents at the Uribana Prison in Lara State, which have caused numerous victims, raises prayers of suffrage to the Lord for the eternal rest of the deceased, expresses his deepest sympathy and spiritual closeness to the families of the victims, and prays for a speedy and full recovery of the wounded. Likewise, the Pope encourages all institutions and persons involved to continue working in a spirit of collaboration and good will to overcome the problems so as to avoid future repetition of such dramatic events. With these sentiments, the Pope invokes the loving protection of Mary and affectionately imparts his Apostolic Blessing as a sign of hope and consolation in this time of sadness.