December 20, 2014
Pope Francis expresses his solidarity with Chilean victims
Pope Francis expressed his solidarity and "spiritual proximity" to the victims of the "terrible fire" that killed at least 12 people in the Chilean city of Valparaíso.
In a telegram sent by Vatican State Secretary, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the Bishop of Valparaíso, Gonzalo Duarte García de Cortázar, Francis sent his condolences to the families of the deceased and said he "shares the angst of those who lost their homes and goods."
The Pope encouraged the Chilean people to stay strong in this time of adversity so that "in a spirit of solidarity and fraternal charity, the needed help reaches all those affected."