Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has expressed the sadness of the whole Caritas family following the tragic fire at a Caritas workshop for disabled people in south western Germany.

The fire in the centre in Titisee-Neustadt left 14 people dead and many injured.

Speaking from Düsseldorf, Cardinal Rodriguez said, “The prayers of the whole global Caritas confederation are with the families of those killed in this tragic incident, and with our Caritas Germany colleagues.”

“We know the colleagues at the scene will do everything to find out the cause for this terrible event,” Caritas Germany President Peter Neher was quoted by media sources as saying. He expressed grave sadness in an official statement, “Caritas Germany grieves.”