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Pope Sends Telegram for Storm Victims in Nepal

Holy Father Prays for Consolation, Healing and Strength

Pope Francis has sent his condolences for a devastating storm that has hit southern Nepal.

The telegram was sent on Pope Francis’ behalf by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Bishop Paul Simick of the Vicariate of Nepal, and to the local civil authorities.

“His Holiness,” the telegram notes, “wishes to express his solidarity with all affected by this disaster and assures those grieving for deceased and injured family members of his prayers at this difficult time.”

Saying he “prays especially for the victims and encourages the emergency personnel as they continue to aid those in need,” it concludes, noting that upon all the people of Nepal, “Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of consolation, healing and strength.”

Below is the Vatican-provided telegram:

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Upon learning the sad news of the tragic loss of life and the destruction of homes caused by the recent storm in southern Nepal, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes to express his solidarity with all affected by this disaster and assures those grieving for deceased and injured family members of his prayers at this difficult time. His Holiness prays especially for the victims and encourages the emergency personnel as they continue to aid those in need. Upon all the people of Nepal, Pope Francis invokes the divine blessings of consolation, healing and strength.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

[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); 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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