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Iran President Ebrahim Raisi has died in a helicopter crash. (WIkimedia/

Pope Francis has sent a telegram offering his condolences over the deaths of Iran President Ebrahim Raisi and the nation’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, and all who perished in the helicopter crash on Sunday. Source: Vatican News.

The Holy See Press Office published the text of the telegram in which Pope Francis writes, “entrusting the souls of the deceased to the mercy of the Almighty, and with prayers for those who mourn their loss, especially their families, I send the assurance of spiritual closeness to the nation at this difficult time.” 

The telegram was sent to Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, who has announced five days of mourning. 

President Raisi and his entourage died in a helicopter crash in a mountainous area of the northwest of the country, following a visit to neighbouring Azerbaijan, where they had been meeting with President Ilham Aliyev.


Pope Francis sends condolences on death of Iran’s President Raisi (Vatican News)


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