Okla. Tornado: Worldwide Condolences

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A deadly tornado pulverized a suburb of Oklahoma City Monday, chewing up homes and businesses, and severely damaging a hospital and two elementary schools. As of Tuesday afternoon, the death toll was listed at 24; nine victims were children.

Read below for some of the condolences sent to Oklahoma from around the world:

Pope Francis

(CNN) — Pope Francis urged people to join him in praying for the families of those who died in a massive tornado in central Oklahoma on Monday, “especially those who lost young children,” he said in a tweet Tuesday.

— From CNN’s Dominique Van Heerden

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

(CNN) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel passed along her condolences to President Barack Obama over the casualties and destruction caused by the mammoth tornado that tore through Oklahoma on Monday. “The pictures of this catastrophe render us speechless and can only hint at the scope of the hurt,” Merkel told the president Tuesday.

— From CNN’s Stephanie Halasz

French President Francois Hollande

(CNN) — French President Francois Hollande expressed his grief over the casualties caused by the ferocious Oklahoma tornado and saluted the “mobilization” of citizens who tackled “this exceptional situation with courage and determination.”

— From CNN’s Stephanie Halasz

Queen Elizabeth II

(CNN) — Queen Elizabeth II sent her condolences to those affected by Monday’s massive deadly Oklahoma tornado, saying on Twitter: “Our deepest sympathies go out to all those whose lives have been affected, as well as the American people #Oklahoma #tornado.”

— From CNN’s Carol Jordan in London

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