Explosion in Mexico at maternity hospital: Pope Francis prays for victims

The Vatican (Friday, 01-30-2015, Gaudium Press) Pope Francis has called for prayers in the wake of a deadly gas explosion at a maternity hospital in the Cuajimalpa section of Mexico City. Appearing on the Holy Father’s Spanish-language twitter account shortly after news of the incident broke, the message says: “Let us pray for the victims of the explosion at the hospital in Cuajimalpa, Mexico, and for family members that the Lord might grant them peace and strength.”

An investigation is underway into the cause of Thursday’s explosion, which killed at least three people and injured scores of others, many of whom are infants.

James Blears reports a leak in a pipe of a truck supplying gas to the hospital’s kitchen, transformed the vehicle into a gigantic bomb, with a resulting explosion, felt for many miles around.

With information from Vatican Radio

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