VATICAN CITY, 16 JUL 2009 (VIS) - Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. sent the following English-language telegram of condolence, in the Holy Father's name, to Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobel, apostolic nuncio to Iran, for the 168 victims of yesterday's plane crash in that country:
"Saddened by news of the great loss of life in the air tragedy over Jannatabad near Qazvin, the Holy Father offers heartfelt condolences to the civil authorities and the families of the victims. He prays for the eternal repose of the dead and implores the almighty and merciful God's gifts of comfort and strength on those who mourn the loss of their loved ones".
TGR/AIR ACCIDENT/IRAN:GOBEL VIS 20090716 (120)