Pope Francis is mourning and praying for the victims of the bridge collapse in the northern Italian port city of Genoa that took place Tuesday, August 14, 2018.
“I’m thinking in particular of all those that were tried and whose lives were lost in the tragedy that happened yesterday in Genoa,” the Pope said, after reciting the Angelus today, August 15, 2018, to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square on the occasion of the Feast Day of the Assumption of Mary.
The Morandi Bridge collapsed yesterday causing some 40 vehicles to fall 45 meters (148 feet). The cause for the collapse–which has, according to the death toll this morning, so far claimed 39 lives, including three children–is still under investigation.
“While I entrust to God’s mercy the persons that lost their life, I express my spiritual closeness to their families, to the wounded, to the displaced and to all those that suffer as a result of this tragic event.”
Invite the faithful to join him in prayer for the victims and their dear ones, the Holy Father called on those present to recite together with him the Hail Mary.