Here is the text of the telegram sent by Pope Francis through his Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, to the President Benigno Aquino III of the Philippines expressing his condolences for the victims of the super typhoon that recently struck the country.
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Benigno Aquino III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this storm and its aftermath. He is especially mindful of those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and of those who have lost their homes. In praying for all the people of the Philippines, the Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of this storm. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the Nation.
Archbishop Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State