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Pope Francis reaches out to L'Isle-Verte in wake of deadly fire in seniors' home

Pope Francis waves as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Pope Francis offered his spiritual support Thursday to a Quebec community devastated by a fire at a seniors' home that has left 19 people confirmed dead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Andrew Medichini
January 30, 2014 - 10:48 AM

VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is offering his spiritual support to an eastern Quebec community devastated by a fire at a seniors' home that has left 19 people confirmed dead.

Thirteen people are still missing following the early morning blaze at Residence du Havre in L'isle-Verte on Jan. 23.

The Pope's sympathies follow those of the Queen, who offered her condolences in a message released the day after the fire.

Vatican Secretary of State Archbishop Pietro Parolin wrote today that Pope Francis was immediately touched by the tragedy upon learning of it.

He says Pope Francis has imparted a special apostolic blessing to those affected by the tragedy.

Emergency crews have worked in sub-zero temperatures to recover bodies and evidence from the rubble of the seniors' home. Special machines to melt thick sheets of ice coating the structure have been used to help them gain access.

The residence had 52 units and many of its occupants had limited mobility, needing wheelchairs or walkers to get around.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2014
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