Here is a translation of the condolence telegram sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State to Bishop Jean-Philippe Nault of Digne expressing Pope Francis’ sympathy to victims and families of Germanwings Flight 9525, which crashed near the French Alps yesterday during a flight from Barcelona to Germany.
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H.E. Bishop Jean-Philippe Nault
Bishop of Digne
Having learned of the tragic plane crash in the region of Digne, which caused many casualties, including many children, His Holiness Pope Francis joins in the grief of the families, expressing his closeness to them in sorrow. He prays for peace for the deceased, entrusting them to the mercy of God that He might welcome them into His dwelling place of peace and light. He expresses his deep sympathy for all those touched by this tragedy, as well as for the rescue workers working in difficult conditions. The Holy Father asks the Lord to give strength and consolation to all, and, as a comfort, he invokes upon them the abundance of divine Blessings.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State to His Holiness[Translation by Vatican Radio]