RNA – Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, has issued a telegram of condolences for the victims of the floods that have hit several regions of Iran in the past few days.
Heavy rains triggered raging torrents of water in 25 of Iran’s 31 provinces on March 19.
The death toll from the recent flash floods across the country currently stands at 42, according to Ahmad Shojaei, the head of Iranian Legal Medicine Organization.
The Iranian government has mobilized to help the victims and minimize further loss of life or damage.
The telegram was issued by the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, on behalf of the Holy Father Francis.
His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the loss of life, injury and damage caused by floods afflicting various regions of Iran, and he has asked me to convey his heartfelt solidarity with all affected. His Holiness commends the souls of the deceased to the love of the Merciful One, and invokes divine blessings of consolation and strength on those who grieve. Praying for the emergency personnel and all the efforts to provide relief, he entrusts the people of Iran to the providence of the Almighty.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin Secretary of State
March 27, 2019