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Caption: Relatives of victims mourn at the site of an explosion at a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City Jan. 29. A powerful gas-tank truck explosion killed at least three and injured dozens. (CNS/Reuters)
Relatives of victims mourn at the site of an explosion at a maternity and children's hospital in Mexico City Jan. 29. A powerful gas-tank truck explosion killed at least three and injured dozens. (CNS/Reuters)
Pope offers prayers for victims of Mexico City hospital explosion

By David Agren
Catholic News Service

MEXICO CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis offered prayers and an expression of solidarity with the victims of a hospital explosion that left three dead and more than 70 staff and patients -- mostly women and children -- injured.

"Pope Francis is deeply sorry upon learning the painful news of the explosion that occurred near the Cuajimalpa women's and children's hospital, which has caused numerous victims and injured, among them, many children," read a message sent Jan. 30, the day after the explosion. The message to Mexico City Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera was sent from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.
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-- Pope Francis completes his Asian journey with an emotional encounter with young people, including some rescued from life on the street, with a Mass celebrated with a record-breaking crowd of 6 million in Manila and with an extended discussion with journalists on the flight returning him to Rome about responsible parenthood, the concept of "ideological colonization," poverty, planned trips to the Central African Republic, the United States and several South American countries, corruption and terrorism.

-- Boston Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley tells the National Prayer Vigil for Life that support for abortion is eroding, thanks to the efforts of people of faith who have come together to protect the unborn. "We are overcoming, but it is a well-kept secret," he says, citing several recent polls.


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