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Papal condolences for prison tragedy

Families wait for news of loved ones after a deadly prison riot in Mexico. Pope Francis has offered his prayers and condolences for those affected by the violence. - AFP

Families wait for news of loved ones after a deadly prison riot in Mexico. Pope Francis has offered his prayers and condolences for those affected by the violence. - AFP

12/02/2016 20:15

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has expressed his condolences after a deadly riot in a Mexican prison that left dozens of people dead.

In a telegram addressed to the Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera López, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said the Holy Father was “deeply saddened” by news of the incident, which occurred on the eve of the pontiff’s visit to the country.

Pope Francis is offering prayers for the eternal rest of those who died in the violence, the Cardinal said. In addition, he assured the families of the victims of the Pope’s “heartfelt condolences and spiritual closeness,” together with his prayers for “a speedy and full recovery” for those who were injured.

“With these sentiments,” the telegram concluded, “the Holy Father, while invoking the loving protection of Our Lady of Guadalupe, imparts with affection the comforting Apostolic Blessing as a sign of consolation and hope in this time of sadness.”

12/02/2016 20:15