Twelve Polish pilgrims bound for Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina were killed and another 31 people were injured on Saturday when their bus crashed into a ditch in Croatia. Source: CNA.
A Polish Foreign Ministry spokesman told Polish private broadcaster TVN24 that all the victims were adult Polish citizens.
Pope Francis said yesterday, following his Angelus reflection, that he was praying for those who died, the injured and their families.
“I learned with sorrow the news of the bus crash yesterday morning in Croatia. Several Polish pilgrims on their way to Medjugorje lost their lives and others were injured. May Our Lady intercede for them and their families,” Pope Francis said.
The accident happened at 5.40am local time when the bus veered off the A4 road between Jarek Bisaski and Podvorec, northeast of Zagreb.
The pilgrims included three priests and six nuns, the BBC reported. The news agency said the trip to Medjugorje, the site of alleged apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bosnia-Herzegovina, was organised by the Brotherhood of St Joseph.
Poland’s justice minister and prosecutor general ordered the Warsaw Prosecutors Office to investigate the cause of the crash, Vatican News reported.
Pope prays for victims of bus crash in Croatia (Vatican News)