Pope sends Queen condolences for death of Prince Philip

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and Pope Francis

  VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has sent his condolences to Queen Elizabeth for the death of her husband, Prince Philip, on Friday. 

  In a telegram sent on Saturday, Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin wrote, "saddened to learn of the death of your husband Prince Philip, Duke of edinburgh, his holiness Pope Francis offers heartfelt condolences to your majesty and the members of the royal family. 

  "Recalling Prince Philip’s devotion to his marriage and family, his distinguished record of public service and his commitment to the education and advancement of future generations, his holiness commends him to the merciful love of christ our redeemer. Upon you and upon all who grieve his loss in the sure hope of the resurrection, the Holy Father invokes the Lord’s blessings of consolation and peace."