Pope mourns the victims of Sunday's accident near Naples, Italy
Pope Francis has sent his “deepest condolences” and is offering “fervent prayers” as family and friends gathered Tuesday to mourn the 38 people who died in a tragic bus accident last Sunday near the Italian city of Naples. Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on behalf of Pope Francis sent a telegram of condolences to the families of the victims through the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe. The telegram said Pope Francis shares the profound pain that has struck the Campania region, while ensuring his fervent prayers for the many victims, including some children. “The Holy Father prays that they will be granted eternal rest and invokes a special Apostolic Blessing that the Lord will heal the injured and give comfort to those who mourn loved ones,” the telegram concluded. Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta was among an estimated 4,000 mourners at a sports hall in the southern town of Pozzuoli on Tuesday to commemorate the 38 people who died in one of the worst road accidents in Italian history.