Pope Francis calls Nice: ‘What can I do for you?’

July 19, 2016 by  
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France, July 19, 2016: Pope Francis has telephoned leaders of the terror-stricken French city of Nice, asking what he could do to help in the wake of last week’s gruesome truck attack and promising to meet with the families of the victims as soon as possible.

The pontiff made his call out of the blue on Sunday evening (July 17), reaching the former mayor of Nice and leader of the region, Christian Estrosi, through the head of a national association of Italians who live in France.

“Pope Francis called me yesterday evening about 7 p.m., apologizing because he doesn’t speak French very well,” Paolo Celi, head of the France-Italy Friendship society, who acted as intermediary for the call, told the news agency ADNKronos.

“The first thing he said to me was, ‘What can I do for you?’” Celi said, recalling the conversation before he connected Francis to Estrosi.Celi said Francis promised to meet “as soon as possible” with the families of the victims.

Eighty-four people were crushed to death last Thursday night and scores of others were wounded, many critically, when a Tunisian-born Frenchman drove a 20-ton truck through crowds gathered to celebrate Bastille Day fireworks on the waterfront of the Mediterranean port city.

The attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, was killed in a shootout with police.

Francis immediately condemned the “blind violence” of the attack and on Sunday, before his call to Celi and Estrosi, the pope said “the pain of the massacre is alive in our hearts” as he prayed with a crowd in St. Peter’s Square.

“I am close to each family and the entire French nation which is in mourning,” Francis said in remarks at the noontime Angelus prayer.

“May God, the good Father, welcome all the victims into his peace, support the injured and comfort their families,” he added. “May he dissolve every project of terror and death, so that man no longer attempts to spill his brother’s blood.”

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One Response to “Pope Francis calls Nice: ‘What can I do for you?’”
  1. SHASHI MINZ says:

    oh my jesus forgive us our sins deliver us from the fire of hell ,take all souls to heaven specially the most abandoned ones .save us from sudden and unhappy death ;protect us from the snares of the enemy ; three haill marys to the blessed virgin for a happy and well prepared death.;nothing has changed except my attitude –so everything has changed . You do not have to change for God to lo ve you . scenes of suffering flash through my mind –of torture chambers –concentration camps —-the ravages of famine and floods —scenes of war — of hospitals —and accidents —And I see Him there as silent and invisible gravity —-I conjure up a thousand painful scenes from the history of my life ;of boredom and frustration —of pain , anxiety , rejection —of meaninglessness and despair —- and in every scene I sense His silent presence .I see his power like gravity in every nook and corner of the world ;no place in space …..escapes, for it is all pervasive . ….Then I see His love to be like gravity ;I hear Pauls cry that nothing in creation can wrench us from Gods love Romans 8;31-39 .

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