Vatican City, Jul 13, 2021 / 07:35 am
The Vatican said on Tuesday that Pope Francis is praying for the more than 60 people killed in a fire in a coronavirus isolation ward at a hospital in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah.
The Vatican released a condolence telegram on July 13 as the pope continues to recover after a colon surgery at Rome’s Gemelli Hospital.
“His Holiness Pope Francis sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all affected by the tragic fire at the COVID isolation ward of the al-Hussein hospital in Nasiriyah,” said the telegram sent on the pope’s behalf by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
“Deeply saddened, he prays especially for those who have died and for the comfort of their families and friends who mourn their loss.”