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Pope ‘deeply saddened’ by quake in Turkey, Syria

THE Vatican said today that Pope Francis was “deeply saddened” by a major earthquake in Turkey and Syria that has killed more than 1,600 people.

“His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the huge loss of life caused by the earthquake… he sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all those affected,” wrote the Vatican’s secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin in a statement.

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Turkey and Syria early on Monday, killing hundreds of people as they slept, levelling buildings and sending tremors that were felt as far away as the island of Cyprus, Egypt and Iraq.

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