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The Pope's condolences for the train crash in Spain

Seventy-eight is the confirmed number of  victims of the train crash that occurred on Wednesday, 24 July, near Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Pope Francis,  Fr Federio Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office reported, was immediately informed of the tragic event and expressed his sorrow and closeness to the people affected in a Tweet and in a telegram sent to Archbishop Julián Barrio Barrio of Santiago de Compostela. The following is a translation of the Pope's telegram which was written in Spanish and released on Thursday, 25 July.

On being informed of the serious railway accident near Santiago de Compostela which took a heavy toll of victims and caused injuries to many, deeply saddened I raised fervent prayers to the Lord for all the people who died and were hurt in this tragic event.

With sentiments of intense sorrow I ask you, Your Excellency, kindly to  convey my spiritual closeness, my fraternal affection and my heartfelt solidarity to all those who have suffered this misfortune and to their relatives, while at the same time assuring them of my prayers for the injured in this moment of grief and asking God for their speedy and complete recovery.

On this day on which the Church entrusts herself to the intercession of the Apostle James, heavenly Patron of Spain and witness of the risen Christ, together with my encouragement for all the children of this noble land I warmly impart a special Apostolic Blessing as a bearer of the hope that comes from faith and  the comfort offered by authentic love.

Francis PP.

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