With an official telegram signed by Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis has expressed his deep sorrow for yesterday’s events in Pakistan, where a suicide bombing at the hospital in Quetta caused over 70 deaths and dozens of injured. The massacre was immediately claimed by Isis.
In his message, the Pope said he was “deeply grieved by the loss of human lives following the attack at a hospital in Quetta” and sends “his condolences to the relatives of the dead, the authorities, and the entire nation.” Unfortunately, it was the most horrible terrorist attack in Pakistan ever.
Bergoglio has ensured his “prayers for the many victims injured by this meaningless and brutal violence”. He also expressed his deep sorrow for those who died, calling for “the divine gifts of strength and consolation on all those who are mourning and on those struck by this tragedy.”
During the same hours when the attack in the hospital in Quetta occurred, there was another country that was facing a terrible ordeal: yesterday, a tropical storm struck Mexico, causing dozens of deaths and hundreds of displaced persons in some States. Radio Vatican reports that Pope Francis has expressed closeness also to “the beloved Mexican people”. Bergoglio has also sent his prayers for the victims and his deep sympathy to the authorities of the country.