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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Prayers for the Argentinian military

The Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a Message in the name of the Holy Father to the Military Ordinary of Argentina, His Excellency, Santiago Olivera, concerning the submarine crew that has disappeared in the south Atlantic off the coast of Argentina.


Message of the Holy Father, Pope Francis

To His Excellency, Santiago Olivera
Military Ordinary

Pope Francis assures you of his fervent prayer for the 44 crew members aboard the ARA San Juan which disappeared last Wednesday and asks you to inform their family members as well as the military and civil authorities of your country of his concern in these difficult moments.  He also wishes to encourage the efforts being carried out in an effort to locate the missing vessel.

His Holiness confides them all the maternal intercession of the Most Holy Virgin and, while asking them to pray for him and for his ministry in service to the holy people of God, he pleads with the Lord to infuse spiritual serenity and Christian hope in these circumstances upon you to whom, with all his heart, he imparts his Apostolic benediction.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
(Original text in Spanish)
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