The telegram was sent to the Archbishop Fabio Martínez Castilla of Tuxtla Gutiérrez, and signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
“Pope Francis, deeply saddened to learn the painful news of the traffic accident that occurred in Chiapas, which has caused the death of more than 50 migrants and many injured, offers his prayers for the eternal rest of the deceased.”
The Holy Father also expressed "his deep sorrow to the families of the victims, together with his heartfelt expressions of closeness and consolation, of lively solicitude and desire for the prompt recovery of the injured."
The Archdiocese of Tuxtla Gutiérrez expressed its "deep sadness" over the accident that "adds to a long list of the sufferings endured by our migrant brothers in their transit through our country."
In the message signed by Archbishop Martínez and Father Gilberto Hernández García, who is in charge of social ministry, the archdiocese said on Twitter that “We lift up our prayers to God, rich in mercy, and in consolation for these brothers of ours who have lost their lives in such a way. We also pray to God for those who have been injured in this accident, particularly those in more serious condition. We ask the Lord to look at them with compassion, strengthen them from within, and that, in his will, restore their lives and health.”
They also expressed their condolences and “solidarity with their families” and encouraged them to “put your trust in God, who remains with you in this time of sorrow and death. We ask our Mother of Guadalupe to take you into her loving arms.”