Pope Francis has expressed his condolences to the victims of a tragic fire last week at a nursing home in L’Isle-Verte, Quebec.
fire broke out just after midnight on Thursday, January 22.
At least 19
people died in the blaze, while 13 are officially listed as missing.
Rescue efforts were hampered by the bitterly cold winter temperatures.
a letter of condolence, the Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop
Pietro Parolin, said Pope Francis, upon hearing of the tragedy in L’Isle
Verte, “united himself in prayer in the grief of the bereaved families,
and entrusted the victims to the mercy of God, that they might be
accepted into his light.”
The Holy Father “expressed his
spiritual closeness to the injured and their families, as well as the
firefighters and rescue workers who have performed a great work of
solidarity,” especially given the bitter winter weather.”
“sign of confort,” Archbishop Parolin wrote, Pope Francis imparted a
special Apostolic Blessing “to all those affected by this tragedy.”