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Russian Patriarch offers condolences over train crash in Spain

July 25, 2013, 15:59 UTC+3
He noted that dozens of people died and were injured, including the pilgrims, who were en route to Santiago de Compostela for St. Apostle Jacob holiday
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MOSCOW, July 25 (Itar-Tass) - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill sent a message of condolences to the Spanish king over the train crash near the city of Santiago de Compostela.

“The Russian Orthodox Church shares the grief of our compatriots, conveys the words of consolation and support to them. I believe and hope that the government of the Kingdom of Spain, rescuers and doctors will do their best to ease the sufferings of people in trouble,” the patriarch said in his message.

He noted that dozens of people died and were injured, including the pilgrims, who were en route to Santiago de Compostela for the holiday of St. Apostle Jacob, which is celebrated today and usually brings together several tens of thousands of believers from many countries.

“I am praying for all who passed away and injured people. May God give to you and the whole Spanish nation his graceful aid, patience and valour to overcome all aftermaths of the railway crash,” Patriarch Kirill said in conclusion.

As many as 77 people died and 143 people were wounded in the railway disaster in Spain that occurred not far from Santiago de Compostela on July 24.

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