Vatican City, Jan 4, 2018 / 05:28 am
On Thursday Pope Francis offered his prayer for the 48 people who died in a massive bus accident in Pasamayo earlier this week, voicing words of comfort to families of the victims and all who were wounded.
In a Jan. 4 telegram, the Pope said he was "deeply saddened to learn of the painful news of the traffic accident in Pasamayo," and offered prayers "for the eternal repose of the deceased."
Signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the telegram conveyed Pope Francis' consolation "to the families who weep for such a grievous loss," and assured of his his spiritual closeness to the wounded.
The telegram closed asking that God would "pour out on all the gifts of spiritual serenity and Christian hope," and imparting Francis' "heartfelt apostolic blessing" to all those who are affected.