Pope Francis has sent a message expressing his "closeness" to the people of Glasgow following a helicopter tragedy last Friday night.
At least nine
people were killed when a police helicopter plummeted out of the sky
onto the roof of the Clutha Vaults pub filled with clients.
people remained in hospital Sunday. Officers continue to sift through
the wreckage at the site for other victims and to determine what caused
The message from the Pope was conveyed to Glasgow
Archbishop Philip Tartaglia by the Papal Nuncio Archbishop Antonio
Mennini. The text reads:
Having learned the
sad news of the tragic accident which occurred in Glasgow when a police
helicopter crashed into Clutha Vaults pub, close to the Cathedral,
causing the death of several people and numerous injured, I would like
hereby to convey to you, as Archbishop of Glasgow, the closeness of the
Holy Father as well as my most sincere sympathy in these difficult
I assure you of my prayers for those who have tragically
lost their lives or have been injured as well as their relatives. May
the Lord grant eternal rest to those who have died and comfort their
relatives and the entire community of Glasgow in these moments of
distress and sadness.
While kindly asking you to transmit these sentiments of the Holy Father and mine to all those affected by this tragedy, I remain
Yours fraternally in Christ
Archbishop Antonio Mennini