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Pope Sends Condolences for Terrorist Attack at Hotel Complex in Nairobi, Kenya

‘Praying for God’s healing grace, His Holiness willingly invokes upon the entire nation the divine blessings of consolation and strength’

Pope Francis has sent today, Jan. 17, 2019, his condolences to the victims of the terrorist attack on Tuesday, Jan. 15, on a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya. Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent the telegram on the Pope’s behalf.

In the Pope’s telegram, he expressed he was ‘deeply saddened,’ offered his spiritual closeness to all affected, and condemned the attack as a ‘senseless act of violence.’ The Holy Father extended his heartfelt condolences to all Kenyans, in particular the families of the deceased and all those injured.

Pope Francis concluded, praying for God’s healing grace, and invoking upon the entire nation of Kenya divine blessings of consolation and strength.

Below is the Vatican-provided text of the Pope’s message:

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Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and injury following the attack in a hotel complex in Nairobi, His Holiness Pope Francis assures all those affected by this senseless act of violence of his spiritual closeness. He extends heartfelt condolences to all Kenyans, in particular the families of the deceased and all those injured. Praying for God’s healing grace, His Holiness willingly invokes upon the entire nation the divine blessings of consolation and strength.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

[Original text: English] [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). 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, EWTN and Salt & Light. 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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