When the Holy Father learned of the two bomb explosions in the Moscow Underground Stations of Lubyanka and Park Kultury during the Monday morning rush hour on 29 March, which killed more than three dozen people, he addressed a telegram to H.E. Mr Dmitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation, expressing his closeness and condolences to the families of the victims. The following is a translation of the Italian text of the Pope's Telegram, which was released on Tuesday, 30 March.
Having heard the news of the attacks in the Moscow subway stations in which numerous people lost their lives, I express profound sorrow and firm disapproval of the brutal acts of violence, desirous of conveying my sentiments of solidarity and spiritual closeness and my condolences to the victims' relatives. I assure them of my fervent prayers of suffrage for these lives cut short. I invoke heavenly comfort for those who are mourning this tragic loss, I willingly impart my greeting of blessings with a special thought for the injured.
Benedictus pp XVI
St. Peter’s Square
Feb. 18, 2020
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