After hearing about Spains deadly train accident, Pope Francis said he was deeply moved and was praying for all the victims and their relatives. More than 70 people lost their lives, near the pilgrimage city of Santiago de Compostela. Its estimated that at least 140 passengers were injured.
The Feast Day of St. James, is celebrated on July 25 and the area is a popular pilgrimage site. In light of the tragedy, all the city's public festivities have been canceled.
To lend support, a Twitter hashtag named, PrayforSantiago was launched to show solidarity and to pray for the victims.
Preliminary reports state, that speeding may have caused the accident. The driver who was slightly injured, was said to be traveling double the speed limit.
During a World Youth Day press conference in Brazil, the Vatican's spokesperson, Father Lombardi called for a moment of silence to pray for the victims. The Archbishop of the Spanish city, Julian Barrio also offered his condolences and support.