Pope’s Telegram to Victims of Explosion in Texas

Here is the text of the telegram sent by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, on behalf of the Holy Father, to Bishop Joe S. Vasquez of Austin, Texas regarding the explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas last Wednesday. The explosion caused 14 deaths and hundreds wounded. 

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Saddened by news of the destruction caused by the explosion in West, the Holy Father asks you kindly to convey his heartfelt condolences to the civil authorities and the afflicted families. He prays for the eternal rest of the victims and implores God’s blessings of consolation and peace upon those who mourn and all who generously aid in the continuing work of relief.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone

Secretary of State