Mission World - November/December 2018

Pope sends aid to victims of earthquakes and tsunami

Many deaths and injuries on the island of Sulawesi

Photo: © Tatan Syuflana: APAn Indonesian rescue team carries the body of a victim following an earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. Photo: © Tatan Syuflana: AP

The Vatican announced on October 4 that Pope Francis, through the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, has sent a first emergency contribution of $100,000 for the aid of the populations suffering from the recent violent earthquakes that devastated many areas of Indonesia, especially the island of Sulawesi.

The disasters have caused more than 1,400 deaths ascertained so far, and thousands of injuries. Moreover, the volcano of Mount Soputan, on the island of Sulawesi, began to erupt, threatening a population already afflicted by the earthquake and the anomalous wave.

This sum is intended to be an immediate expression of the feeling of spiritual closeness and fatherly encouragement from the Holy Father towards the people and territories affected and will be shared, in collaboration with the Apostolic Nunciature, among the areas most affected by the catastrophe.

Pope Francis, during the Angelus on Sunday, September 30, prayed for those affected, “for the deceased, unfortunately numerous, for the injured and for those who have lost their homes and their jobs.

May the Lord console them and support the efforts of those who are trying to bring assistance”.

The contribution of the Dicastery, which accompanies the Holy Father’s prayer for the beloved Indonesian population, is part of the aid that is being activated throughout the Catholic Church and which, in addition to various Episcopal Conferences, involves numerous charitable organizations.

Zenit October 04, 2018

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Universal: In the Service of Peace
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Evangelization: In the Service of the Transmission of Faith
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