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En Español - Pésame del Papa por las víctimas del Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala

Pope Francis praying for victims of Guatemala volcano

Publish date: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

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By Linda Bordoni

Pope Francis said he is praying for the dead and for all those affected by a powerful volcanic eruption in Guatemala in which at least 69 people have died.

A telegramme addressed to Archbishop Nicolas Thevenin, the Apostolic Nuncio in Guatemala by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of the Pope, said Francis was “deeply saddened to learn of the news of the violent eruption of the Volcano of Fire, which has claimed numerous victims, caused enormous material damage and affected a significant number of people who live in the area”.

In it the Pope said he is praying for the eternal repose of the deceased and conveys his condolences to family members mourning the loss of their loved ones.

He also assured his closeness to the wounded and to those who are “working tirelessly to help the victims while asking the Lord to “bestow upon them all the gifts of solidarity, spiritual serenity, and Christian hope”.

Meanwhile, Guatemalan authorities confirmed the death toll from Sunday’s eruption of the Volcano of Fire at 69, but said only 17 of the dead have been identified so far.

Over 3,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the region south-west of the capital, Guatemala City where the local Caritas organization has set up three camps for the displaced, and organized a collection for the 10 June, during which medicine, clothes, and food will be accepted and distributed.

Caritas Guatemala on the ground

According to the Executive Secretary of Caritas Guatemala aid workers have been unable as yet to reach some of the most populous areas of the affected region and he fears the scenario could be even more catastrophic.

“One million seven hundred thousand people are affected, and that number could rise – he said – there is serious damage to infrastructure, especially roads and bridges, so communications are very difficult.”

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Story source: Vaticannews.com 
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Español

Pésame del Papa por las víctimas del Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala

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Ciudad del Vaticano

La Oficina de Prensa de la Santa Sede ha publicado un telegrama, firmado por el secretario de Estado Vaticano, Pietro Parolin, dirigido al Nuncio Apostólico en Guatemala, Mons. Nicolas Thevenin, con motivo de la catástrofe natural que tuvo lugar en este país, el domingo 3 de junio, al producirse una erupción volcánica a 35 kms al sudoeste de la capital, Ciudad de Guatemala; causando hasta el momento, decenas de víctimas mortales, cientos de desaparecidos y millones de afectados que viven en las zonas colindantes.

«El Santo Padre, profundamente apenado al conocer la triste noticia de la violenta erupción del Volcán de Fuego, que ha ocasionado numerosas víctimas e ingentes daños materiales que han afectado a un significativo número de habitantes de la zona, ofrece sufragios por el eterno descanso de los fallecidos y oraciones por todos los que sufren las consecuencias de ese desastre natural.

Asimismo, ruego a vuestra excelencia que transmita el sentido pésame de Su Santidad, junto con expresiones de consuelo, a los familiares que lloran la pérdida de sus seres queridos, así como su cercanía espiritual a los heridos y a los que trabajan denodadamente en auxiliar a los damnificados, mientras pide al Señor que derrame sobre todos ellos los dones de la solidaridad, la serenidad espiritual y la esperanza cristiana, en prenda de lo cual les imparte de corazón la bendición apostólica», concluye el comunicado. 

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Your gift helps provide immediate emergency food, water, and other essential living supplies. Please give today by visiting the official Catholic Relief Services collection page at CRS.org

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Fuente: vaticannews.com
Fuente de Imagen: crs.com

 

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