‘He expresses his spiritual closeness to all those suffering from this unspeakable tragedy, especially the families who lost loved ones,’ said an Oct. 28 telegram.
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The heavy rains caused 23 rivers across the region to burst their banks and 120 landslides.
A Vatican message addressed to David Sassoli’s wife, Alessandra Vittorini, expressed the Pope’s spiritual closeness to the family.
Tutu, who fought for an end to racial segregation in his native South Africa, died Dec. 26 at the age of 90.
Cardinal Jorge Arturo Medina Estévez announced the election of Pope Benedict XVI on April 19, 2005.
Pope Francis ‘offers heartfelt prayer that Almighty God will grant eternal peace to those who have died, comfort to those who mourn their loss, and strength to all those affected by this immense tragedy,’ the Vatican stated. Catholics are among the missing.
The pope said that Grocholewski’s service and work in the Vatican had provided a “witness of priestly zeal, loyalty to the Gospel, and to building up the Church.”