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Pope Expresses Condolences for Fire in Bucharest Nightclub

In Telegram, Shares His ‘Deep Sorrow’ for Many Lives of Young People Lost

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]

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages). She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. For 'The Other Francis': or

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