Pope offers condolences for Japan earthquake victims

Pope Francis’ Reaction to the Western Japan Earthquake

By Daniel Payne

The Vatican conveyed Pope Francis’s profound sorrow in response to a destructive earthquake that struck western Japan on New Year’s Day.

The seismic event, registering a magnitude of 7.6, primarily affected Ishikawa Prefecture, resulting in over 50 reported fatalities and widespread destruction of tens of thousands of residences.

Vatican’s Statement of Condolence

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, representing Pope Francis, articulated the Pontiff’s sentiments through a telegram.

Expressing deep sorrow for the loss of life and the extensive damage inflicted by the earthquake, the Pope extended prayers and condolences to the afflicted.

Pope’s Support and Prayers

In the telegram, Pope Francis assured those impacted by the catastrophe of his unwavering solidarity and spiritual closeness.

His prayers were particularly directed toward the deceased, their grieving families, and the successful rescue of any individuals who might still be missing.

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