“His holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the recent devastating fire in the Bronx in which a number of children lost their lives,” the message read. “In offering heartfelt condolences and the assurance of his spiritual closeness to those affected by this tragedy, he entrusts the victims and their families to the merciful love of almighty God and invokes upon all consolation and strength in the Lord.”
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Here is a heartfelt message from Pope Francis on yesterday’s terrible fire in the Bronx. I am sure all join me in thanking the Holy Father, as we join with him in prayer for all those affected by this horrific tragedy. pic.twitter.com/jy5ZurDt4T
— Cardinal Dolan (@CardinalDolan) January 10, 2022
“I am sure all join me in thanking the Holy Father, as we join with him in prayer for all those affected by this horrific tragedy,” Dolan tweeted.
The cardinal, himself, stopped by the scene Monday to pray for the victims.READ MORE: Mayor Eric Adams' Plan To Address Gun Violence Includes Return Of Plainclothes Police Unit
“Jesus said fear is useless, what is needed is trust,” he said. “We trust in our fire department. We trust in our experts. And we trust in the Lord. We will get through.”
At least 17 people, including eight children, died in the fire, and several other victims were hospitalized with critical injuries from smoke inhalation.MORE NEWS: New York State Supreme Court Strikes Down Gov. Kathy Hochul's Mask Mandate
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