The Pope has sent a personal message of sympathy to the people of CReeslough following Friday’s tragedy.
Pope Francis sent the message in a letter sent to the Bishop of Raphoe, Alan McGuckian SJ, through the Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The Pontiff’s message reads: “His Holiness Pope Francis was saddened to learn of the loss of life and destruction caused by the explosion in Creeslough and he expressed his spiritual closeness to all those suffering in the aftermath of this tragedy.
“While entrusting the deceased to the merciful love of Almighty God, his Holiness implores the Devine blessings of consolation and healing upon the injured, the displaced and the families coping with pain of loss.
“As a pledge of strength and peace in the Lord, the Holy Father sends his blessing to all the people in Ireland.”