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Pope Francis Invokes Blessing of Strength and Perseverance Upon Indians Suffering from Monsoons

Francis ‘deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in the monsoons of recent days in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat’

Pope Francis has sent condolences for the victims and families of the tragic monsoons and floods that killed and wounded many in India’s regions of Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat, in these days.

According to Reuters Aug. 11, the death toll has exceeded more than 150 and hundreds of thousands have been forced to evacuate.

A telegram sent in the Holy Father Francis’ name was sent by the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the competent authorities.

In the telegram, Francis expressed that he was “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in the monsoons of recent days in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat.”

“Mindful of all those who have lost homes and livelihood,” the Holy Father sent his “heartfelt condolences” to the relatives of the deceased and injured.

While expressing his prayers for the relief efforts underway, Francis “willingly invokes the divine blessings of strength and perseverance” upon the nation.

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On ZENIT’s Web page:

The Full Telegram:

Pope’s Condolences to Victims of Monsoons in India (Full Telegram)



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': or

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