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Pope Sends Condolences, Prays for Consolation for Victims of Guatemala Earthquake Eruption

Also Thanks Those Ceaselessly Working to Rescue and Save

Pope Francis has expressed his condolences to the victims of the eruption of the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala.  The eruption of the volcano, that has buried an entire village, has killed at least 69 people and many more are still missing.

In a telegram sent to the Apostolic Nuncio in Guatemala, Archbishop Nicolas Henry Marie Denis Thevenin, by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on the Pope’s behalf, the Holy Father expressed his spiritual closeness to those suffering.

He also thanked those ceaselessly working to rescue and assist those tragically affected, asking the Lord to convey on them hope and consolation and imparted his Apostolic Blessing.

Here is the Vatican-provided translation of the Pope’s telegram:

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HIS EXCELLENCY MSGR. NICOLAS THEVENIN
APOSTOLIC NUNCIO IN GUATEMALA

THE HOLY FATHER, DEEPLY SORROWED TO LEARN THE SAD NEWS OF THE VIOLENT ERUPTION OF THE FUEGO VOLCANO, WHICH HAS CLAIMED NUMEROUS VICTIMS AND CAUSED ENORMOUS MATERIAL DAMAGE AFFECTING A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF INHABITANTS IN THE AREA, OFFERS PRAYERS FOR THE ETERNAL REPOSE OF THE DECEASED AND FOR ALL THOSE WHO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS NATURAL DISASTER.

I ASK YOUR EXCELLENCY TO CONVEY HIS HOLINESS’ CONDOLENCES, TOGETHER WITH EXPRESSIONS OF CONSOLATION, TO THE RELATIVES WHO MOURN THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVED ONES, AS WELL AS HIS SPIRITUAL CLOSENESS TO THE WOUNDED AND THOSE WHO WORK TIRELESSLY TO HELP THE VICTIMS, WHILE ASKING THE LORD TO BESTOW UPON THEM ALL THE GIFTS OF SOLIDARITY, SPIRITUAL SERENITY AND CHRISTIAN HOPE, AS A PLEDGE OF WHICH HE IMPARTS HIS HEARTFELT APOSTOLIC BLESSING.

CARDINAL PIETRO PAROLIN
SECRETARY OF STATE OF HIS HOLINESS

About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 commentary for various media, including television and Vatican Radio. 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 Salt & Light, EWTN, and NBC Universal. For 'The Other Francis': https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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