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Pope Francis offered his condolences over the train collision in India.

Pope Francis offered his condolences over the train collision in India.

Pope Francis expressed his condolences in connection with the collision of trains in India, which, according to the latest data, killed more than 250 people.

“Pope Francis was deeply saddened by the news of the death of many people caused by the train derailment in the state of Odisha, and assures all those affected by this tragedy of his spiritual closeness. Entrusting the souls of the departed to the mercy of the Almighty, he expresses his sincere condolences to those who mourn their loss “, – the telegram, which, on behalf of the pontiff, the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, sent to the Apostolic Nuncio (Ambassador of the Vatican) in India said.

The pontiff is offering prayers for the many injured, as well as for the emergency workers who work at the scene of the accident, the message says.

The collision of trains occurred on Friday evening near the city of Balasore in India. According to railway authorities, several carriages of a passenger train traveling from Kolkata to Chennai derailed due to a collision with a freight train and fell onto the opposite track. After some time, another passenger train crashed into them, as a result, several more cars with people derailed. According to the latest data, 261 people died as a result of the crash, more than 900 were injured in the accident.