Pope Sends Telegram of Condolences for Victims of Earthquake in Taiwan

Francis Invokes Divine Blessings of Strength and Peace

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Pope Francis has sent his condolences for those affected by an earthquake in Taiwan.  The major 6.4-magnitude quake that struck late Tuesday night was centered 14 miles northeast of the coastal city of Hualien, and according to sources, has claimed at least six lives and left more than 200 injured, and nearly 90 missing. In his message, the Holy Father expresses his solidarity with all those affected and his prayers. Encouraging civil authorities and emergency personnel to persevere in their rescuing efforts, the Pope invoked on all Taiwanese people divine blessings of strength and peace.
Here is the Vatican-provided text of the telegram sent today on Pope Francis’ behalf:

The Most Reverend Philip Huang Chao-ming
Bishop of Hwalien
His Holiness Pope Francis wishes to express his solidarity with all those affected by the earthquakes in Taiwan these past days, and he offers the assurance of his prayers for those who have lost their lives and for those who have been injured. As he encourages the civil authorities and emergency personnel engaged in rescue efforts, His Holiness willingly invokes upon all the Taiwanese people the divine blessings of strength and peace.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
[Original text: English]
 [Vatican-provided text]
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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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