Pope Francis yesterday prayed for the victims of an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi that killed at least 67 people. Source: CNA.
Hundreds of people were also injured in the 6.2-magnitude quake, according to Jan Gelfand, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in Indonesia.
Pope Francis was “saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and the destruction of property caused by the violent earthquake in Indonesia”.
In a telegram to the apostolic nuncio in Indonesia, signed by Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope expressed his “heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this natural disaster.”
Francis “prays for the repose of the deceased, the healing of the injured and the consolation of all who grieve. In a particular way, he offers encouragement to the civil authorities and those involved in the continuing search and rescue efforts,” the letter stated.
After praying the Angelus yesterday, the Pope prayed for the people of Indonesia affected by the earthquake, Vatican News reports.
“I pray for the deceased, for the wounded and for all those who have lost their jobs”, said the Pope, praying that “the Lord might console them and console all those trying to bring them help”.
Pope Francis also turned his thoughts to victims of a plane crash last week in Indonesia.
The Boeing 737-500 plane with 62 people on board plunged into the Java Sea on January 9, minutes after taking off from Jakarta’s main airport.