On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed.
As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
It reads that the pope is "deeply saddened to learn of the tragic crash of a cargo plane near Bishkek. Pope Francis "commends the souls of the deceased to the mercy of almighty God.”
Pope Francis has resolved to pray for the search and rescue efforts, and he offers the country "blessings of strength and consolation.”