Pope sends condolences for Spanish train crash

July 25th, 2013

2013-07-25 Vatican Radio

 In the telegramme sent to the Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela, Julian Barrio, the Pope expresses his intense sorrow and his spiritual closeness to all those suffering as a result of the tragedy. As the Church marks the feast of St James the Apostle, Spain’s patron saint, Pope Francis sent his Apostolic blessing and said he raised a fervent prayer to the Lord for all the victims of this tragic event.

At least 78 people have died and over 140 others were injured after the passenger train derailed and rolled over against a wall, causing one of the worst rail accidents in Spanish history.