Telegram from the Holy Father, signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State, on the fire at the Coptic church in Giza (Egypt)
We publish below the telegram of condolence for the victims of the fire at the Coptic Church in Giza, Egypt, sent in the name of the Holy Father Francis Coptic Church of Giza, Egypt, sent on behalf of the Holy Father Francis by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark:
HIS HOLINESS TAWADROS II
POPE OF ALEXANDRIA AND
PATRIARCH OF THE SEE OF SAINT MARK
HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS WAS DEEPLY SADDENED UPON BEING INFORMED OF THE RECENT FIRE AT ABU SEFEIN CHURCH IN GIZA WHICH CAUSED THE DEATHS OF SO MANY, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND BISHOP ABDUL BAHKIT. IN OFFERING HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES AND THE ASSURANCE OF SPIRITUAL CLOSENESS TO THE INJURED AND THOSE AFFECTED BY THIS TRAGEDY, HIS HOLINESS ENTRUSTS THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO THE MERCIFUL LOVE OF ALMIGHTY GOD AND INVOKES UPON ALL CONSOLATION AND STRENGTH IN THE LORD.