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Pope Sends Telegram for Flood Victims in Australia

Holy Father Prays for Consolation of the Affected, Invokes Abundant Blessings

Pope Francis has sent his condolences for a major flood that has hit Townsville, Australia.

The telegram was sent on Pope Francis’ behalf by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the Bishop Timothy Harris of Townsville.

“His Holiness,” the telegram notes, “prays especially for the repose of the deceased, the healing of those injured, and for the important work of reconstruction.” It also notes Pope Francis willingly invokes upon those affected “abundant blessings of consolation and hope.”

Below is the Vatican-provided telegram:

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The Most Reverend Timothy Harris
Bishop of Townsville

Having learned of the loss of life and destruction of property caused by the heavy flooding in Townsville, the Holy Father assures you of his heartfelt solidarity and prayers for all those affected by this disaster. His Holiness prays especially for the repose of the deceased, the healing of those injured, and for the important work of reconstruction. Upon all Pope Francis willingly invokes abundant blessings of consolation and hope.

[Original Text: Italian] [Working Translation by Deborah Castellano Lubov]

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); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. 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, and EWTN. 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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