Pope expresses condolences after “destructive” New York City fire

Pope Francis expresses condolences to the victims of the “destructive” apartment fire in the Bronx, New York, which killed 19 people, including 9 children

ROME – On Monday, Pope Francis expressed his condolences to the victims of a “destructive” apartment fire in the Bronx, New York, which killed 19 people, 9 of whom were children.

Francis sent a telegram to New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (Timothy Dolan), expressing “heartfelt condolences and reassurance of his spiritual closeness” to those affected by the fire. The telegram was signed by Cardinal Pietro Palolin, Secretary of State of the Vatican.

The fire also resulted in dozens of people being taken to hospitals, and it was the deadliest fire in New York City in 30 years. Investigators said that a malfunctioning electric heater that was plugged in to provide additional heat on a cold morning caused a fire in the 19-story building.

Francis’ message pointed to the loss of so many children and said that the pope “entrusts the victims and their families to the merciful love of Almighty God, and prays for all comfort and strength in the Lord”.

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