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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Condolences to Madeira

A message of condolence has been sent by the Cardinal Secretary of State, His Eminence, Pietro Parolin - in the name of the Holy Father - to the Bishop of Funchal (Portugal), expressing condolences for the victims and closeness to those who are now suffering as a result of a devastating fire that has been burning for days on the island of Madeira.

Message of condolence of the Holy Father, Pope Francis
for victims of fire in Madeira

His Excellency, the Most Reverend
António Cavaco Carrilho
Bishop of Funchal

Shocked by the sad news of terrible fires on the island of Madeira, the Holy Father asks Your Excellency to transmit to the families of the victims his condolences and his sharing in the pain being experienced by all the mourners, as well as his solidarity and spiritual closeness to those who have lost their homes.  Especially on the occasion of the festival of Our Lady of the Mount, His Holiness confides the Diocese of Funchal to the Holy Mother of God who, through her Assumption into heaven is closer to her children here on earth and intercedes for them to Jesus as a sign of the life and the bright future that we can look forward to.  And at the same time, imploring heaven to comfort and restore the injured to full health, and to grant the courage and consolation of Christian hope to all those who have been affected by this tragedy with a special remembrance of those who are working to fight the fires, Pope Francis sends the pledge of his Apostolic blessing.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State of His Holiness
(Original text in Portuguese)

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