“Pope Francis, informed of the tragic road accident on the road to Saint Laurent du Maroni involving a bus carrying young people participating in World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, wishes to express his heartfelt participation in the mourning of the families of the deceased, and of the group leaders and organizers.
The Pope assures them of his prayers and expresses his deepest sympathy with those injured, the rescue workers and all those around them.
The Holy Father wishes to impart the comfort of an apostolic blessing on all those touched by this tragedy.”
|Opening liturgy at Copacabana|
|Cardinal Philippe Barbarin|
“underlined that the local authorities are doing all they can to assist the 700 youth in arriving to Rio. Staying gymnasiums and schools of Cayenne, the youth have “recognized the hospitality of the people of Guyana, who have mobilized to receive them.”