Cologne, Germany, Jul 15, 2021 / 19:29 pm
The pope sent a telegram of condolence Thursday to the German president, following flooding in the country’s west that has killed at least 70 persons.
Rivers overflowed their banks in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands after heavy rainfall.
Most of the dead are in Germany, though at least 11 persons in Belgium have died, the BBC reported.
“Deeply affected, the Holy Father has learned the news of the severe storm and floods in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate,” read a July 15 telegram sent on Pope Francis’ behalf to Frank-Walter Steinmeier.