Pope Francis asked that “we pray for the migrants who died yesterday in a tragic fire in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico,” including people of Colombian, Ecuadorian, Guatemalan, Honduran, Salvadoran, and Venezuelan nationality.
Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with the victims of the fire in the Ciudad Juárez immigration center, Mexico, and in which, according to official sources, at least 39 people died and another 28 were injured.
«I cordially greet the Spanish-speaking pilgrims. Let us pray for the migrants who died yesterday in a tragic fire in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, so that the Lord receives them in his Kingdom and gives comfort to his families. Let us pray for them,” said the Supreme Pontiff in the morning hours of March 29 during the General Audience.
The fire, whose causes have not yet been established, occurred in a center of the National Institute of Migration, in Ciudad Juárez, on the border with the United States. There were a total of 71 migrants from Central and South America, who had been detained in this facility.
According to the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, everything indicates that the tragedy was caused by the burning of mats after the migrants found out that they were going to be deported.
“We assume that they knew that they were going to be deported and that, as a sign of protest, they put mattresses at the door of the reception center and set them on fire, without imagining that this would cause this terrible misfortune,” the president said during his daily press conference. .
The Pope renews his call for peace in Ukraine
The Pope reiterated his call for peace in Ukraine, which for more than a year has been tested by the war with Russia, and at the end of the general audience, in greetings in Italian, he asked to continue praying for the country and its people. . “We persevere in prayer and in closeness to the tormented Ukraine.”
In his greetings to the Polish faithful, Francis recalls that in a few days “we will hear a moving description of the Passion of Christ” and hopes that this story will arouse in hearts “repentance and openness to the love of Christ, who loved us to the end ». For this reason, Francis calls to abandon the old man and “bring to the Lord with renewed zeal” especially to the “brothers and sisters who suffer in the tormented Ukraine.”
Clashes continue in the country and explosions were heard this morning in Melitopol, in the Zaporizhzhia region. There were power cuts in some parts of the city, as well as in Semenivka, Tambovka and some surrounding towns. For his part, President Volodymyr Zelensky invited Chinese President Xi Jinping, who recently visited Russian President Vladimir Putin, to kyiv.
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