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October 17, 2022, 4:13 PM admin

Pope sends sympathies to victims of NW Ireland explosion

  • Assures families of his “spiritual closeness” to those affected by gas station disaster
  • Message sent to Bishop Alan McGuckian of Raphoe

Explosion killed 10 people, three of them children. At least eight more people were wounded.

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Pope Francis has assured his “spiritual closeness” to those affected by a gas station explosion in northwest Ireland.

In a message sent to Bishop Alan McGuckian of Raphoe, the pontiff said he was “saddened to learn of the loss of life and destruction caused.”

Archbishop Eamon Martin

The Catholic primate of Ireland, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, visited Creeslough and spoke to some of those involved in the rescue effort.

An explosion at a gas station in Creeslough, County Donegal, killed 10 people, three of them children. At least eight more people were wounded and taken to the hospital.

“His holiness implores the divine blessings of consolation and healing upon the injured, the displaced, and the families coping with the pain of loss,” the Vatican message, signed by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said.

The letter continued: “While entrusting the deceased to the merciful love of almighty God, his holiness implores the divine blessings of consolation and healing upon the injured, the displaced, and the families coping with pain of loss.”

“As a pledge of strength and peace in the Lord, the Holy Father sends his blessing to all the people in Ireland.”

Irish police are still investigating the circumstances that led to the explosion. AP quoted a local officer saying the evidence was “pointing toward a tragic accident.”

Micheal Martin

Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin said it was one of the “darkest of days for Donegal and the entire country.”

Books of condolence have been made available to record messages at several locations throughout the country and online.

Great Britain’s King Charles also expressed his sadness at the explosion.

In a message, the king said: “We wanted you to know that our most heartfelt sympathy and deepest condolences are with those who have lost loved ones.”

Details:

https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2022/10/10/pope-francis-expresses-condolences-to-victims-of-explosion-in-ireland/

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