Pope Sends Message of Condolence Following Taiwan Plane Crash Assures Victims’ Relatives of Prayers, Invokes God’s Blessings

VATICAN CITY, July 24, 2014 (Zenit.org) – The Holy Father has sent his “heartfelt condolences” to the families of victims killed in a deadly plane crash in Taiwan yesterday that claimed more than 40 lives.

The telegram was sent Thursday on behalf of the Holy Father by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to the Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan of Taipei.

According to local officials, the passenger plane crashed after a failed emergency landing in Taiwan. Aviation officials said flight GE222 aborted its initial landing and then crashed.

The domestic flight, with a total of 54 passengers and four crew on board, came down near Magong airport on the outlying Penghu Island, reports said.

Yesterday, the transport minister Yeh Kuang-Shih said 47 people were killed and 11 were injured.

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