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:
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]