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Pope Francis Has Seen Father and Baby Daughter Who Drowned in Rio Grande River

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

Pope Francis has seen the image of the father and his baby daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande River.

This was confirmed by Director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, in a short statement he issued in response to journalists’ questions.

“With immense sadness,” the statement began, “the Holy Father has seen the images of the father and his baby daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande River while trying to cross the border between Mexico and the United States.”

Noting the Pope is “profoundly saddened by their death,” Alessandro Gisotti underscored that the Holy Father “is praying for them and for all migrants who have lost their lives while seeking to flee war and misery”.

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); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. 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, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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