Pope Francis has sent his condolences for the tragic fire at a nightclub in Bucharest, which claimed 32 lives, and left over 130 others injured, mostly young people.
In a telegram sent to President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the Pope’s behalf, Francis expressed his “deep sorrow” for the incident that occurred Friday evening.
The Holy Father also assured victims’ loved ones, government authorities and the whole nation of his spiritual closeness and commended “to the mercy of the Lord the many who died” in the fire.
Below is a ZENIT translation of the telegram.
To His Excellency Klaus Werner Iohannis
President of the Republic of Romania
The Pope expresses deep sorrow for the tragic accident which occurred in the nightclub in Bucharest in which many young people lost their lives, and, in ensuring his spiritual closeness to the victims’ families, to the government and to the whole country, he commends to the mercy of the Lord the many who died in the dramatic event.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin[Original Text: Italian] [Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]