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Holy Father Sends Telegram for Victims of Attack in Vienna

Signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin

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Here is a translation of the telegram of condolence for the victims of the attack, which happened yesterday evening in Vienna, Austria, sent in the name of the Holy Father Francis, by the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, to the Archbishop of the City, H.E. Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, O.P.

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To His Most Reverend Eminence

Christoph Cardinal Schoenborn

Archbishop of Vienna


Deeply affected, the Holy Father Francis learned the news of the violent acts in Vienna, which brought death and pain to innocent persons. His Holiness expresses his profound participation to the victims’ family members and the whole Austrian people; moreover, he is close to the wounded and prays for their speedy healing. Pope Francis entrusts the victims to God’s mercy and implores the Lord, that violence and hatred may cease and peaceful coexistence be promoted in the society. His Holiness accompanies all those that have been affected by this tragedy with his heartfelt Blessing.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

 [Original text: German]  [Working translation into Italian by the Holy See]

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