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Pope Expresses Closeness, Prayers, Following Russian Submarine Fire

Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, Issues Statement

Pope Francis has sent his heartfelt condolences following the fire of a Russian submarine.
In a brief statement from Alessandro Gisotti, Director of the Holy See Press Office, July 3, 2019, he noted the pope “was informed of the tragedy,”referring to the death of 14 Russian sailors in the July 2 submarine fire.
An investigation is being conducted by President Vladimir Putin, to understand the causes of the mysterious fire of the submarine which was in the Russian Arctic.
“He expresses,” the statement added, “his condolences and closeness to the families of the victims and to those who have been affected by  this disaster.”
Below is the statement from Alessandro Gisotti:


Responding to journalists’ questions, the Director “ad interim” of the Holy See Press Office, affirmed the following:

“The Holy Father was informed of the tragedy of the Russian submarine. He expresses his sympathy and closeness to the victims’ families and to all those that were affected by this disaster.”

About 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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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