On behalf of Pope Francis, the Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent to the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt a message of condolence for the victims of the Egyptair flight which departed Paris on the evening of Wednesday, May 18, but disappeared from the radar over the Aegean Sea.
This is the text of the telegram:
Message of the Cardinal Secretary of State
His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
Having learned with sadness of the tragic crash of the Egyptian passenger airliner, Pope Francis wishes to assure you of his prayers and solidarity at this difficult time and commends the souls of the deceased of various nationalities to the mercy of the Almighty. Upon the relatives of the passengers and all those involved in the search and rescue efforts, His Holiness invokes the divine blessings of strength and peace.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State