Vatican City, 20 November 2013 (VIS) – Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of State, has sent a telegram on behalf of Pope Francis to Archbishop Arrigo Miglio of Cagliari, president of the Sardinian Episcopal Conference, following the floods that struck the island of Sardinia, Italy, claiming lives and causing numerous injuries and extensive material damage.

“It is with great sadness that the Supreme Pontiff has learned of the floods that have affected the island of Sardinia, causing loss of human life, injury and enormous damage and discomfort to many families. His Holiness wishes to extend to all some affectionate words of comfort and encouragement, assuring his special prayers for those who have lost their lives and for all those affected by this grave disaster. The Holy Father expresses his hope that the solidarity and necessary assistance in facing this difficult moment will be forthcoming, and imparts his heartfelt apostolic benediction”.