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Pope sends condolences after deadly Mexico explosion

Pope Benedict XVI is offering prayers and blessings after an explosion at a Mexican petroleum company killed at least three dozen people and left over 100 injured.

The Holy Father voiced "profound sadness" upon learning of the explosion and offered "prayers for the eternal repose of the deceased."

The message was expressed in a telegram to Cardinal Norberta Rivera of Mexico City. It was signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

On Jan. 31, an explosion ripped through the main headquarters of Pemex, Mexico's state-run oil company.

The death toll from the blast currently stands at 36, with more than 120 people wounded. Officials have said that an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the explosion.

In the telegram, Pope Benedict sent his profound condolences to the families of the deceased, as well as his words of comfort and wishes for the speedy recovery of all those injured in the tragedy.

Invoking the name of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Pope sent his apostolic blessing as a sign of hope in the Risen Christ.

The Bishops' Conference of Mexico expressed its own "solidarity with the victims of the explosion" and offered "prayers to the Creator for a speedy recovery for the wounded."

The bishops also prayed "that eternal life be granted the deceased and that the families affected may receive the necessary strength in this time of sorrow."

"May Holy Mary of Guadalupe intercede for us all before the Lord," they said.

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