Vatican City, Mar 26, 2018 / 08:52 am America/Denver (CNA).
On Monday Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences for victims of an alleged terrorist attack in southern France, and for those affected by a fire inside a shopping mall in Russia which has killed at least 64 people.
A fire broke out on the top floor of the Winter Cherry shopping and entertainment complex in Kemerovo, Russia on Sunday afternoon, engulfing the building and collapsing the roofs of two cinemas, Russia’s Investigative Committee stated.
According to the BBC, at the time of the fire, local schools were on break and the shops, cinema, and bowling alley inside the mall were filled with people. As of Monday, 10 people are still missing.
The shopping mall was located inside a former factory with few doors and windows. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Sent on behalf of the Holy Father by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the March 26 telegram stated that the Pope “was deeply saddened to learn of the fire” and that he offered “heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this tragedy.”