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Pope Francis Sends Prayers and Support After Brazzaville Stampede Tragedy

Pope Francis has expressed his deep sorrow and offered prayers for the families affected by the recent stampede tragedy in Brazzaville, Congo. 

In a heartfelt telegram sent on Friday to Archbishop Bienvenu Manamika Bafouakouahou, the head of Congo’s Episcopal Conference, the Pope conveyed his spiritual closeness and solidarity with those who lost their loved ones.

The tragic incident occurred at Ornano Stadium in the Republic of the Congo, where, according to the government’s report, 31 people lost their lives and 145 others were injured during a stampede that took place late Monday night.

Upon learning of the heartbreaking news, Pope Francis sought to console the grieving families, expressing his deep empathy. The Pope’s message, conveyed through Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, conveyed a prayer for eternal happiness for the departed souls and a plea for divine support for the bereaved families. The Pope urged everyone to demonstrate fraternal and spiritual solidarity with those who are currently suffering.

The telegram also highlighted the Pope’s tribute to those who stepped in to aid the distressed young people caught in the stampede. It concluded with a sincere invocation of blessings from the Almighty for all involved in the aftermath of this tragic event.

Eyewitnesses at the scene reported that the stampede occurred at Ornano Stadium, where large crowds of young people had gathered in response to a national recruitment appeal for the Congolese Armed Forces. Organizers had announced that Monday would be the final day of the recruitment drive, leading to increased impatience among the young crowd.

In response to the stampede, the government of the Republic of Congo declared a day of national mourning on Wednesday. Additionally, they announced that they would cover the medical bills for the 145 individuals who were injured during the tragic incident.

The stampede unfolded as a result of the large and eager response to the national call for recruitment. The convergence of young people at Ornano Stadium became overcrowded and tense, with impatience escalating among the crowd. The tragic events unfolded late at night, resulting in the loss of lives and injuries.

Pope Francis, known for his compassion and concern for the well-being of people worldwide, has now joined the global community in mourning the loss of lives in Brazzaville. His prayers and words of comfort serve as a beacon of solace for those grappling with the profound grief caused by this unfortunate incident.

As the nation mourns and the affected families grapple with their losses, the Pope’s message encourages a sense of unity and support. The call for fraternal and spiritual solidarity resonates as a reminder of the importance of coming together in times of sorrow. The Pope’s assurance of spiritual closeness extends a comforting hand to the grieving families and the entire community affected by this tragedy.

In the face of this heartbreaking event, the international community, alongside the Pope, stands in solidarity with the people of Brazzaville, offering condolences, prayers, and support as they navigate through the aftermath of this devastating stampede.

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