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Wednesday, May 8, 2013


Vatican City, 8 May 2013 (VIS) – Below is the complete text of the telegram that Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., sent, on behalf of the Holy Father, to Bishop Oscar Roberto Dominguez Couttolenc, M.G., of Ecatepec, Mexico because of an explosion of a gas truck in the city's suburbs that has, to date, resulted in 21 deaths and numerous wounded.

The Holy Father was saddened to receive news of the serious accent that occurred in the municipality of Ecatepec, which has caused numerous victims and serious wounded as well as much damage. I ask your excellency the kindness of expressing his spiritual nearness to all those who are affected by this tragedy. At the same time he offers prayers asking God for the eternal rest of those who lost their lives in this terrible accident.”

Likewise, His Holiness Pope Francis wishes to send, through your excellency, his condolences to the families of the dead, together with expressions of consolation and affection for all the wounded, with the strong desire for their quick and complete recovery.”

With these sentiments, the supreme pontiff, while calling upon the sweet name of Our Lady of Guadalupe, wholeheartedly imparts to all the comfort of the apostolic blessing as a sign of hope in the Risen Christ.”

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