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Pope Francis Mourns for Victims of Indonesia Plane Crash

Assures His Prayers for All Who Have Died & for Those Who Mourn Their Loss

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In a telegram sent to Archbishop Piero Pioppo, Apostolic Nuncio in Indonesia, Pope Francis has sent his condolences for a tragic plane crash in the country.
The message, sent on behalf of the Holy Father by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, states that the Pontiff “offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss.”
Pope Francis concludes, praying: “Upon the nation and all involved in the rescue and recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.”
According to officials, the Indonesia Lion Air flight crashed Monday, Oct. 29, into the sea with 189 aboard, including three children, and no survivors are expected. The Boeing 737-800 aircraft had just taken off from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and was en route toward Sumatra.
Here is the Vatican-provided text of the telegram:
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Having learned with sadness of the recent plane crash in Jakarta, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to all those affected by this tragedy. He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. Upon the nation and all involved in the rescue and recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
[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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