Telegramme for victims of airplane crash in Russia

2016-03-20 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) In a telegramme sent on Sunday, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said Pope Francis "was saddened to learn of the tragic air accident in Rostov-on-Don and he sends his sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims."

The telegramme, addressed to the competent authorities of the Russian Federation, continued, "His Holiness commends the souls of the dead to the mercy of Almighty God and implores the divine gifts of consolation, strength and hope upon all who mourn their loss." 

(from Vatican Radio)