Pope's Telegram to Victims of Train Accident in Spain

Here is the translation of the telegram sent by Pope Francis to Archbishop Julian Barrio Barrio of Santiago de Compostela regarding the tragic train accident that killed 78 people.

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Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Having been informed of the very serious railway accident that occurred near Santiago de Compostela, that caused many victims and many wounded, I have been deeply distressed and have raised a fervent pray to the Lord for all those who have died and those who are victims of this tragic event.

Filled with deep pain, I ask your Excellency to please let those who have suffered know of my closeness to the their families, my fraternal affection and my personal solidarity, assuring them of suffrages for the deceased and a complete and total recovery for all those who have been so terribly distressed.

On this day when the Church entrusts herself to the intercession of James the Apostle, heavenly patron of Spain and Witness of the Risen Christ, together with my epxressions of encouragement for all the children of this noble land, I cordially impart a special Apostolic blessing that comes from faith and is a bearer of consolation that offers true love.

Francis. PP.

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