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Pope sends condolences to victims of two hurricanes in Mexico

Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the victims of Hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel in Mexico. Both storms have killed dozens of people and left severe damage along their paths on the countrys Pacific and gulf coasts.

In a telegram from the Secretariat of State to the president of the Mexican Episcopal Conference, the Pope spoke about the "dramatic consequences� of both storms through "beloved� Mexico. Pope Francis also said he was "profoundly saddened� by the tragedy. He offered his "fervent prayers for the eternal repose of the deceased. He asks God to grant consolation to the suffering.�

The Pope also asked people to show, "fraternal solidarity in helping to rebuild the worst-affected areas and offering assistance to victims in their pain and despair.�

FULL TELEGRAM TEXT

"His Holiness Pope Francis, profoundly saddened by news of the dramatic consequences of Hurricane Ingrid and the Tropical Storm Manuel in this beloved nation, claiming victims, causing injuries and countless damage to property, and leaving many families homeless, raises fervent prayers for the eternal repose of the deceased. He asks God to grant consolation to the suffering and to encourage persons of good will to show fraternal solidarity in helping to rebuild the worst-affected areas and offering assistance to victims in their pain and despair.

"The Holy Father also wishes to convey his most heartfelt condolences to the families of the departed and expresses his paternal care and spiritual closeness to the injured and homeless. He entrusts them to the maternal hands of Our Lady of Guadalupe and imparts the comfort of an apostolic blessing as a sign of affection to the beloved Mexican people, present in his heart as pastor of the Universal Church at this painful time.�

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