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Vatican sends condolences to Putin and Russian people after plane crash

November 2, 2015. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He offers his condolences for the recent plane crash in which more than 200 Russians died. The full text is here: Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Russian airline in the Sinai Peninsula, His Holiness Pope Francis conveys his condolences to you and the Russian people. ;He offers the assurance of his prayers for all who have died and for those who mourn their loss. ;Upon the nation and all involved in the recovery efforts His Holiness invokes the strength and peace of Almighty God.