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Pope Sends Telegram for Victims of Landslide in a Mine in Gbanipea, Liberia

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

Pope Francis has sent his condolences for victims of the landslide in a mine in Gbanipea, Liberia

The telegram was sent on Pope Francis’ behalf by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the Bishop of Gbarnga, Anthony Fallah Borwah.

Below is the Vatican-provided telegram:


The Most Reverend Anthony Fallah Borwah

Bishop of Gbarnga

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the injury and loss of life caused by a mudslide in Gbanipea, and he expresses his heartfelt solidarity with you and all those affected by this tragedy. He prays for those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and the emergency personnel who assist the victims. Upon all the Holy Father invokes the divine blessings of strength and healing.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

[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': or

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