I have been grieved to learn about the explosion at a factory in Kunshan which has resulted in numerous victims. I deeply sympathize with all the people of China, especially those who have been personally affected by the tragedy.
I am confident that the Government of the People’s Republic of China will not leave the victims without care and attention. I hope that the consequences of the disaster will be soon overcome.
I am mentally with those who are in hospitals in these hours and pray for the consolation of all those who have lost their relatives and friends.
With heartfelt condolences,
Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
Chairman of the Department for External Church Relations