Pope Francis prays for monsoon victims in India
FREE Catholic Classes
Pope Francis offered prayers and condolences Monday for the victims of monsoon flooding in southern India that has left more than 150 people dead.
Vatican City, (CNA) - "Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in the monsoons of recent days in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat ... His Holiness Pope Francis sends his heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured," Cardinal Pietro Parolin wrote in a telegram on the pope's behalf Aug.12.
According to local government reports, 152 people are confirmed dead and another 17 missing in India after days of heavy rains.
The Vatican Secretary of State said Pope Francis is praying for the relief efforts underway, mindful of all those who have lost homes and livelihood.
More than 400,000 people were displaced by the floods and mudslides, according to the Associated Press. Many have taken refuge in relief camps set up in the Indian states of Kerala and Karnataka.
"Upon the nation he [Pope Francis] willingly invokes the divine blessings of strength and perseverance," Parolin said.
Myanmar, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh also experienced heavy rainfall in recent weeks. Landslides in Myanmar killed 53 people and damaged more than 4,000 homes since Aug. 9, according to their government.
The monsoon season in Southeast Asia typically stretches from June until September. Last summer, flooding in India left nearly 400 people dead and 1 million displaced.
Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
The Congregation for the Oriental Churches has rejected the appeal of Sister Lucy Kalapura, who was dismissed from religious life in August ... continue reading
At least four of the 12 language groups at the Amazon synod overtly propose the ordination of married men to the priesthood in summary ... continue reading
At a "moment of Amazon spirituality" Oct. 16, in a church just down the street from St. Peter's Square, a woman told the Amazonian folk ... continue reading
The governing party in the Polish parliament has introduced a bill that could criminalize some forms of sex education in schools. Warsaw, ... continue reading
Fr. Giacomo Costa, a communications official for the Amazon synod, said Wednesday a wooden figure of a nude pregnant woman, which has been ... continue reading
Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2019 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.
Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.