Pope sends message to people of West, Texas

Vatican Radio) In a message, Pope Francis has asked that his “heartfelt condolences” be conveyed to the families of those who died in the explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas earlier this week.

Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone issued the message to Bishop Joe Vàsquez of Austin, Texas, on Thursday.

In it, the Pope asks that Bishop Vàsquez convey sympathies on his behalf. The Pope also assured the community of his prayers for those who died, those who mourn and those who continue to provide care and relief in the wake of the tragedy.

The explosion in the small Texas town of West on Wednesday killed at least 14 people, wounded more than 150, and levelled dozens of homes.

The complete message to Bishop Vàsquez, signed by Cardinal Bertone, follows:

“Saddened by news of the destruction caused by the explosion in West, the Holy Father asks you kindly to convey his heartfelt condolences to the civil authorities and the afflicted families. He prays for the eternal rest of the victims and implores God’s blessings of consolation and peace upon those who mourn and all who generously aid in the continuing work of relief.”

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