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Pope Sends Telegram for Flood Victims in Australia

Holy Father Prays for Consolation of the Affected, Invokes Abundant Blessings

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Pope Francis has sent his condolences for a major flood that has hit Townsville, Australia.
The telegram was sent on Pope Francis’ behalf by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the Bishop Timothy Harris of Townsville.
“His Holiness,” the telegram notes, “prays especially for the repose of the deceased, the healing of those injured, and for the important work of reconstruction.” It also notes Pope Francis willingly invokes upon those affected “abundant blessings of consolation and hope.”
Below is the Vatican-provided telegram:
The Most Reverend Timothy Harris
Bishop of Townsville

Having learned of the loss of life and destruction of property caused by the heavy flooding in Townsville, the Holy Father assures you of his heartfelt solidarity and prayers for all those affected by this disaster. His Holiness prays especially for the repose of the deceased, the healing of those injured, and for the important work of reconstruction. Upon all Pope Francis willingly invokes abundant blessings of consolation and hope.
[Original Text: Italian] [Working Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]

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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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