The French Bishops, gathered over these days in Lourdes for their plenary assembly, express their grief and choc for the air crash that happened this morning, just before 11 am, on the mountains near Méolans-Revel, not far from Digne-les-Bain, in the Department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. "It is with deep sadness and great emotion – the bishop of Digne, mgr. Jean-Philippe Nault, and the president of the Bishops Conference, mgr. Georges Paul Pontier, write in a notice – that we learnt of the air catastrophe that happened on the Alpes da Haute Provence this morning and that killed many people. Gathered in Lourdes, the Bishops of France join the victims and their families in their thoughts and in their prayers". The airplane belonged to Germanwings. There were 144 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 crew, on the plane. French President François Hollande said it is believed there are no survivors: the area will soon be reached by rescuers on helicopters. The Royal Family of Spain had been on an official visit of Paris just a little bit earlier and announced they would interrupt their journey and get back to Spain earlier, as lots of Spanish people were on the plane.” ” ” “

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