January 28, 2013. (Romereports.com)
Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow and condolences
for the victims, and the families of those killed
in a large nightclub blaze in Brazil
over the weekend.
The Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, sent a telegram on behalf of the Pope to Archbishop Helio Adelar Rubert
, who leads the diocese in Santa Maria
, the city where fire broke out early Sunday morning, killing at least 231 people.
In the telegram the Pope says he was “shocked by the tragic death of hundreds of young people.” It also states that Benedict XVI will pray
for the healing of the wounded and for consolation for everyone affected.