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Pope Francis Prays for People of Iraq and Iran

Vatican City – In the two messages signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis says he “was deeply saddened” by news of the 7.3-magnitude earthquake which struck the border region between Iran and Iraq.

 

Message – Iraq:

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the severe earthquake which has struck Iraq, and he assures all affected by this tragedy of his prayerful solidarity.  In expressing his sorrow to all who mourn the loss of their loved ones, he offers his prayers for the deceased and commends them to the mercy of the Almighty.  Upon the injured and the emergency and civil authorities engaged in rescue and recovery efforts, His Holiness invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

Message to Iran:

His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the severe earthquake which has struck Iran, and he assures all affected by this tragedy of his prayerful solidarity.  In expressing his sorrow to all who mourn the loss of their loved ones, he offers his prayers for the deceased and commends them to the mercy of the Almighty.  Upon the injured and the emergency and civil authorities engaged in rescue and recovery efforts, His Holiness invokes the divine blessings of consolation and strength.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

Secretary of State

(from Vatican Radio)