ROME, Italy (sentinel.ht) – Pope Francis on Sunday expressed his “pain” on “serious consequences caused by the hurricane that hit days in the Caribbean, especially Haiti, causing many casualties and displaced persons, beyond the considerable material damage.”
The pope’s remarks were made at St. Peter’s Square, following Mass to mark the Jubilee of Catechists celebrated as part of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, and ahead of the traditional noonday Angelus prayer.
Pope Francis expressed his closeness and trust “in the sense of solidarity of the international community, institutions Catholics and people of good will.”
In a condolence telegram to Cardinal Chibly Langlois, released October 7, Pope Francis has expressed his” sadness “and assured his prayers for Haiti after hurricane and encouraged “solidarity implemented in this new test facing the country.”
The text of the Telegram:
Your Eminence Chibly Langlois,
President of the Episcopal Conference of Haiti
Learning of the devastation wrought on its passage by Hurricane Matthew, who claimed many lives and caused considerable damage, his Holiness Pope Francis you expressed his sadness and he joined in prayer to the death of all those who lost a loved one. He expressed his condolences and assured them of their deep sympathy in these painful circumstances. He entrusts the deceased to the mercy of God, that he welcomes in his light. He assures his spiritual closeness and affection the injured and all those who have lost their homes and belongings in the disaster. Welcoming and encouraging solidarity in implementing this new test facing the country, the Holy Father entrusts all Haitians to the maternal protection of Our Lady of Perpetual Help and comfort of their pledge and address of hope, particular Apostolic blessing.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State of His Holiness