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Papal condolences for bus crash victims

Catholic World News - March 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has offered his condolences after a bus crash in Switzerland claimed the lives of 28 people, 22 of them Belgian schoolchildren.

“Having learned of the tragic coach accident in Switzerland, which caused numerous victims many of them children, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI associates himself in prayer with the suffering of the mourning families, entrusting the victims to the mercy of God and asking Him to welcome them into His light,” Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said in a telegram sent to Belgium’s leading prelate.

“He expresses his profound sympathy to the injured and their families, and his closeness to rescue workers, praying the Lord to give them help and consolation in their moment of trial. As a token of comfort, the Holy Father confers a special apostolic blessing upon everyone affected by this tragedy.”

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