The following is the telegram of condolence for the victims of the plane crash that occurred in the early hours of dawn, near the International Airport of Tehran Imam-Khomeini, (Iran), sent to the Ukrainian civil authorities by the Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, on behalf of the Holy Father Francis:
Having learned with deep sadness of the crash of the Ukrainian International Airlines passenger plane near Tehran, His Holiness Pope Francis commends the souls of the deceased to the merciful love of the Almighty, and he sends condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives. Upon all affected by this tragedy, His Holiness invokes God’s blessings of strength and peace.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State