Pope Mourns Victims of Mozambique Blast

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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 25, 2007 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow over an explosion in Mozambique that left at least 100 dead and more than 450 injured.



A series of bombs, mines and rounds of ammunition in an arms depot exploded late Thursday near Maputo, the capital.

In a telegram sent to Archbishop Francisco Chimoio of Maputo, the Pope transmitted his condolences to the officials and all those affected by the tragedy.

The message, sent by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state, assures the prayers of Benedict XVI "for the victims, whom he entrusts to the Lord's mercy, for the injured, for their families, and for the inhabitants of the region, that they might find the necessary help and support in this time of trial."