(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent his condolences to the victims of a tragic accident on the Portughese island of Madeira, in which 13 people died and nearly 50 were injured.
A tree fell on a group of Catholic faithful as they prepared to participate in a procession to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on Tuesday.
Pope Francis conveyed his grief for the loss of life to Bishop José Carrilho of Funchal in a telegramme signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.
The Pope expressed his distress at the many dead and wounded “in the misfortunate accident at Our Lady of the Mount Parish” and entrusted “our deceased brothers and sisters to the mercy of God”.
Pope Francis also asked Bishop Carrilho to convey his grief to their families and to the injured.