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Pope Francis sends a telegram of condolence to the people of the Philippines following a devastating typhoon
Pope Francis on Sunday sent a telegram of condolence to the President of the Philippines Benigno Aquino, expressing his solidarity with those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The storm is feared to have killed as many as 10.000 people.
Below please find the telegram signed by the new Vatican Secretary of State on behalf of the Holy Father
Benigno Aquino III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this storm and its aftermath. He is especially mindful of those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and of those who have lost their homes. In praying for all the people of the Philippines, the Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of this storm. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the Nation.
Archbishop Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State