Pope’s condolences after the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi

Pope’s condolences after the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi
Pope’s condolences after the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raïssi

After the disappearance of Ebrahim Raïssi, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs in a helicopter accident this Sunday, the Holy Father sent a telegram of condolences addressed to Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Pope assures Iran and the families of the victims of his closeness in these difficult times.

Informed of the sudden death of President Ebrahim Raïssi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on May 19 in the crash of a helicopter, the Pope sent his condolences in a telegram sent to Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The Sovereign Pontiff confides “the souls of the deceased to the mercy of the Almighty“, “with prayers for those mourning their loss, especially their families“. Francis “assures of its spiritual closeness to the Iranian nation at this difficult moment“.

A helicopter crash

The plane on which President Raïssi was, as well as eight other people, including Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, crashed on Sunday in the mountains of the northwest of the Iranian province of Azerbaijan, ‘where he was coming back. Only the tail of the helicopter remained intact, while the cockpit was charred. The circumstances of the crash have not yet been clarified, although it is suspected that the cause of the alleged accident was attributable to the poor weather conditions in the area, which made rescue operations extremely difficult, with more than 70 teams working immediately after the disaster. It was a drone sent from Türkiye which spotted the accident area.

Funeral ceremonies

Tuesday, May 21, the long process of the president’s funeral celebrations will begin with a first ceremony in Tabriz. It will end on Thursday in Mashhad, when the remains of President Raïssi will join the sanctuary of Imam Reeza, the largest mosque in the world in terms of surface area. The first funeral will take place in Tabriz, a town close to the accident site; In the evening, there will be a funeral ceremony in Qom, the place where young Raissi was trained in the seminary. The ceremony will take place in the capital Tehran on Wednesday, Vice President Mahsen Mansouri said on television. On the morning of May 23, they will travel to southern Khorasan before arriving at the shrine of Imam Reza.

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