Porto Novo, 27 September, 2023 / 8:19 pm (ACI Africa).
Pope Francis has expressed his spiritual closeness with victims of a fire incident at a shop in Southeastern Benin that reportedly resulted in the death of more than 35 people.
On September 23, at least 35 people were killed in Seme-Podji municipality, near the border with Nigeria after a fire broke out at a shop where gasoline was being unloaded, Reuters reported September 24.
Pope Francis, Pietro Cardinal Parolin says, “has received with sorrow the news of the tragic fire that occurred in sèmè kraké on 23 September and the loss of human lives it caused.”
Cardinal Parolin adds that the Holy Father “joins the bereaved families in expressing his solidarity and sorrow.”