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Thursday, September 19, 2013


Vatican City, 19 September 2013 (VIS) – Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. has sent a telegram, in the name of the Holy Father, to Cardinal Francisco Jose Robles Ortega, archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico and president of the Conference of the Mexican Episcopate, on the subject of Hurricane Ingrid and the tropical storm Manuel which has claimed 55 lives and left over 8000 people homeless.

His Holiness Pope Francesco, profoundly saddened by news of the dramatic consequences of Hurricane Ingrid and the tropical storm Manuel in this beloved nation, claiming victims, causing injuries and countless damage to property, and leaving many families homeless, raises fervent prayers for the eternal repose of the deceased. He asks God to grant consolation to the suffering and to encourage persons of good will to show fraternal solidarity in helping to rebuild the worst-affected areas and offering assistance to victims in their pain and despair.

The Holy Father also wishes to convey his most heartfelt condolences to the families of the departed and expresses his paternal care and spiritual closeness to the injured and homeless. He entrusts them to the maternal hands of Our Lady of Guadalupe and imparts the comfort of an apostolic blessing as a sign of affection to the beloved Mexican people, present in his heart as pastor of the Universal Church at this painful time”.

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