His Holiness Pope Francis on October 21 expressed his “heartfelt solidarity” for the victims of a train accident in the northern Indian state of Punjab. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India had mourned the death on the same day of the accident.
As reported by mattersindia.com, In a telegram signed by His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, His Holiness Pope Francis said he was “saddened” to learn of the accident, and assured “his prayers for the deceased and those who mourn their loss.” The Pontiff also invoked “the divine blessings of healing, strength, and peace upon the injured and their loved ones, as well as the civil authorities and emergency personnel.”
A commuter train travelling at high speed plowed into a crowd of people standing on the rail tracks during a celebration on October 19. At least 60 people died in the incident, making it India’s worst rail disaster this year.