Pope Francis sent condolences to His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, for the victims of the fire at the Coptic church of Abu Sefein in Giza, Egypt.
Below the message sent by His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, on behalf of the Holy Father:
HIS HOLINESS TAWADROS II
POPE OF ALEXANDRIA AND
PATRIARCH OF THE SEE OF SAINT MARK
HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS WAS DEEPLY SADDENED UPON BEING INFORMED OF THE RECENT FIRE AT ABU SEFEIN CHURCH IN GIZA WHICH CAUSED THE DEATHS OF SO MANY, INCLUDING A NUMBER OF CHILDREN AND BISHOP ABDUL BAHKIT. IN OFFERING HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES AND THE ASSURANCE OF SPIRITUAL CLOSENESS TO THE INJURED AND THOSE AFFECTED BY THIS TRAGEDY, HIS HOLINESS ENTRUSTS THE VICTIMS AND THEIR FAMILIES TO THE MERCIFUL LOVE OF ALMIGHTY GOD AND INVOKES UPON ALL CONSOLATION AND STRENGTH IN THE LORD.
CARDINAL PIETRO PAROLIN
SECRETARY OF STATE
Photo: The Holy Father and Pope Tawadros II in Cairo, 18 April 2017 (CNSPaul Haring).