Holy Father Pope Francis sent a pair of telegrams to Iran and Iraq expressing his condolences for the damage and loss of life caused by the deadly earthquake which happened on 12th November, 2017. In both the telegrams, His Holiness has expressed his sadness and sorrow over the two countries and has offered his prayers for the deceased.

As reported by Vatican radio, in the two messages signed by His Eminence Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that he was deeply saddened by the news of the 7.3 magnitude earthquake which struck the border region of Iran and Iraq. His Holiness also offered his prayers for the deceased and commends them to the mercy of the Almighty.

Holy Father concluded his messages by invoking the divine blessings of consolation and strength upon the injured and the emergency and civil authorities engaged in rescue and recovery efforts.