.- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict has sent his personal prayers and condolences to families of the victims of a German ice skating rink accident, which occurred on January 2nd.
The roof of a skating rink in the Bavarian town of Bad Reichenhall--close to the Popeâs own birthplace--collapsed under the weight of heavy snowfall killing 13. At least 8 children are among the victims.
Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, sent the telegram of condolence to Germanyâs Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, Archbishop of MÃ¼nchen and Freising, expressing the Holy Fatherâs prayers and wishes of swift recovery for the injured.
"Pope Benedict XVIâ, the message said, âis remembering in his prayers the people killed in this tragic accident, especially the children, and he is asking the Lord for a speedy help and rescue of those still trapped."
The Pope himself grew up in Traunstien, some 20 miles away from 15,000-resident Bad Reichenhall.