Vatican City, Mar 6, 2019 / 10:03 am
Pope Francis sent his prayers and condolences to Alabama Wednesday after devastating tornadoes over the weekend killed 23 people and left dozens of survivors without homes.
"Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and the injuries caused by the tornado which struck Alabama in recent days, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses heartfelt solidarity with all affected by this natural disaster," a telegram sent on behalf of the pope stated March 6.
Pope Francis prays for "healing and consolation" for the injured and those who grieve, and that "Almighty God may grant eternal rest to the dead, especially the children," the cable continued.
Victims of the storm – which has been declared the deadliest tornado in the U.S. since 2013 – include four children ages 6-10.