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Pope expresses sadness

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The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter Valeria lie on the banks of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico on June 24, after they drowned trying to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas. Oscar’s wife, Tania told Mexican authorities she watched her husband and child disappear in the strong current. (AP)

Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed sadness over the fate of the father and young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross into the United States. “With immense sadness, the Holy Father has seen the images of the father and his baby daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande River while trying to cross the border between Mexico and the United States,” the Vatican’s interim spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, said in a statement. “The pope is profoundly saddened by their death, and is praying for them and for all migrants who have lost their lives while seeking to fl ee war and misery,” he said. (AP)

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