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Pope Francis Mourns Many Children, Victims of Russia Mall Fire

Expressing His Deep Sadness, Pope Assures Heartfelt Solidarity & Prayers

Pope Francis is mourning the deceased and many children killed in a mall fire in Russia.
Pope Francis expressed his ‘deep sadness’ in the condolences he sent to the loved ones and victims of those affected by the fire that struck the Winter Cherry Complex in the Serbian city of Kemerova today, claiming more than 64 lives, reported the Holy See Press Office.
In the message sent today, March 26, 2018, on the Pope’s behalf by Vatican Secretary of State, the Pope assures those suffering of his prayers, thanks those responding to the tragedy and commends the souls of those who died to the merciful love of almighty God.
While rescue efforts continue and many work to assist the injured and search for the missing, Pope Francis concluded invoking upon all divine blessings of peace and consolation.
Below is the Vatican-provided text of the Holy Father’s telegram:
Pope Francis’ Message

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the fire which struck the Winter Cherry complex in Kemerovo, and he offers heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this tragedy. Entrusting the deceased, especially the many children who lost their lives, to the merciful love of God Almighty, His Holiness offers the assurance of his prayers for all who mourn their loss. With the assurance of his spiritual closeness to the authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the injured and continue their search for the missing, Pope Francis invokes upon all the divine blessings of peace and consolation.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

[Original text: English]
© Libreria Editrice Vaticana


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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