The Pope expresses condolences over the victims of the fires in Greece

© RIA Novosti / Alex Particupate in fotobanka Roman. Archival photoThe Pope expresses condolences over the victims of the fires in Greece© RIA Novosti / Alex Participerait the image Bank

Pope Francis prays for victims of the fires in Greece, said in a telegram of condolence, directed to the civil and ecclesiastical authorities of Greece.

«Pope Francis was deeply saddened by the news about the recent fires in Greece and expresses its heartfelt solidarity to all the victims of this tragedy», — stated in the telegram, signed by Vatican’s Secretary of state cardinal Pietro parolin.

As reported by the print service of the Holy see, the Pope «entrusts the souls of the dead to the mercy of God» and encourages actions «of the civil authorities and rescue services», engaged in liquidation of consequences of emergency situation, appealing to «power and peace» for those who are grieving for the victims of the tragedy.

In Greece on Monday, there have been several major fires that killed more than 70 people. On Tuesday, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has declared three-day mourning for the victims of forest fires. Greek prosecutors launched an investigation into the causes of fires.

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