Pope Francis on July 24, 2018, sent his condolences and prayers to the victims of flooding after the collapse of a hydroelectric dam in southeast Laos. The Pope’s sentiments came in a telegram sent to local authorities on his behalf by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
According to local media reports, hundreds of people are missing and as many as 6,000 may have been left homeless.
Here is the Telegram
To the local ecclesiastical and civil authorities
Having learned with sadness of the loss of life and of the injury caused by the serious floods following the collapse of a hydroelectric dam in southeast Laos, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this disaster. His Holiness prays especially for the repose of the deceased, the healing of those injured and the consolation of all those who grieve the loss of their loved ones and who fear for the lives of those still missing. The Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and all those involved in the search and rescue efforts as they assist the victims of this tragedy. To all he sends his blessing.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
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