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Pope Francis Mourns for Victims of Tragic Ethiopian Airlines Plane Crash

Assures His Prayers for All Who Have Died & for Those Who Mourn Their Loss

Pope Francis has sent his condolences for a tragic plane crash in Ethiopia, en route from the the Ethiopian capital of Addas Ababa to the Kenyan capital of Nairobi.

The message, sent on behalf of the Holy Father by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, states that the Pontiff “offers prayers for the deceased from various countries and commends their souls to the mercy of Almighty God.”

Pope Francis sent “heartfelt condolences” to their families, “and upon all who mourn this tragic loss, he invoked “divine blessings of consolation and strength.”

According to officials, the Ethiopian Airlines Boeing737 Max 8 crashed Sunday, March 10, killing all 157 passengers on board. This is the second Boeing737 Max 8 which has malfunctioned and crashed in less than six months.

Here is the Vatican-provided text of the telegram:

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Having learned with sadness of the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, His Holiness Pope Francis offers prayers for the deceased from various countries and commends their souls to the mercy of Almighty God. Pope Francis sends heartfelt condolences to their families, and upon all who mourn this tragic loss he invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

[Vatican-provided text]

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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