Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Pope 'shocked' by death of at least 231 inside Brazilian nightclub, offers condolences

Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow and condolences for the victims, and the families of those killed in a large nightclub blaze in Brazil over the weekend.

The Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, sent a telegram on behalf of the Pope to Archbishop Helio Adelar Rubert, who leads the diocese in Santa Maria, the city where fire broke out early Sunday morning, killing at least 231 people.

In the telegram the Pope says he was “shocked by the tragic death of hundreds of young people.” It also states that Benedict XVI will pray for the healing of the wounded and for consolation for everyone affected.

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