VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has expressed sorrow over Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 which went missing with 239 passengers and flight crew on board, and the recent Korean ferry tragedy.
Cardinal Antonio Maria Veglio, president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, in a letter to Fr Eugene Benedict, airport chaplain of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, said:
“I am deeply saddened by this tragedy and in the name of the entire staff of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People, I wish to express our closeness in prayer and in the spirit of Christian solidarity. In a particular way, I think of the family and friends of those passengers and flight crew lost.”
As he waits more reliable information on the incident, “I place the entire situation into the hands of God, the Father of Mercy, for whom nothing is lost. May He be the guide and comfort for all in these hours of loss and grief,” he added.
Cardinal Veglio also asked Fr Eugene to transmit these sentiments to the archbishop and the Christian community in the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, to the airport authorities, and to all those suffering the loss of their loved ones.
On Holy Saturday, Pope Francis asked people worldwide to join him in prayer for the victims of the April 16 ferry disaster in South Korea.
Using the global Twitter network, the Holy Father tweeted: “Please join me in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster in Korea and their families.”
The shuttle ferry, the Sewol, sank carrying 476 passengers on board. Many of them were high school students on a school trip to the holiday island of Jeju.
Pope Francis is due to visit South Korea for Asian Youth Day from Aug 14-18, and the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.
- HERALD, ZENIT