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Thursday, February 6, 2014


Vatican City, 6 February 2014 (VIS) – In the wake of yesterday's fire in the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Barracas, in which nine firefighters were killed and several people injured, the Holy Father sent a telegram to the metropolitan archbishop of Buenos Aires, Mario Aurelio Poli. The Pope writes that he is “deeply saddened” by the tragic accident, communicates his closeness to all those affected, and is “united with all those who have suffered or been killed in this unfortunate event”.

“In these sad circumstances, in praying for the eternal repose of those public servants who died in the course of duty, I ask God to grant His comfort and strength to all those affected by the tragedy, and to inspire feelings of brotherly solidarity to help them face this hardship as best they can. I also wish to offer a word of hope to those families who mourn their loved ones, and also to those who await the full recovery of the injured”.

Pope Francis concludes by invoking the protection of Our Lady of Lujan, and imparts “the comfort of my apostolic blessing to the dear people of Buenos Aires, ever present in my heart”.

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