VATICAN CITY, JUL 23, 2004 (VIS) - The following telegram was sent in the Holy Father's name by Cardinal Angelo Sodano, secretary of State, to Archbishop Edmond Farhat, apostolic nuncio in Turkey, upon hearing of the train crash that occurred last evening between Istanbul and Ankara:
"Having learned of the dramatic train accident that happened between Istanbul and Ankara and which caused many victims, the Holy Father expresses his sympathy and his spiritual closeness to the families touched by this tragedy. He entrusts the deceased to the mercy of the All Powerful and he assures all the wounded and their families of his prayers, remembering also all the people who took part in the rescue operation. The Pope presents his sincere condolences to the authorities of the country and to the Turkish people, asking everyone to show support for those tried by this catastrophe. As a sign of comfort, he implores for everyone the support of divine blessings."
TGR/TRAIN CRASH/TURKEY:SODANO:FARHAT VIS 20040723 (170)