Vatican City, Nov 27, 2019 / 03:51 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis expressed his condolences Wednesday for those who have been affected by or who have died in a devastating earthquake which struck Albania Nov. 26.
At least 25 people have been confirmed dead and more than 600 injured, according to authorities. Searches are continuing for those who are missing in the rubble of collapsed buildings.
The pope sent “heartfelt condolences” to Albanian President Ilir Meta Nov. 27, in a telegram signed by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
“Commending the souls of the deceased to God’s mercy, he assures the injured and all those affected by this disaster of his closeness in prayer,” it stated.
“Upon the emergency personnel in their relief efforts, His Holiness invokes blessings of strength, and he entrusts the people of Albania to the loving providence of the Almighty.”