Pope cares for Afghan people affected by powerful earthquake – Vatican News

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During his public reception, the Pope specifically mentioned the victims of the earthquake in Afghanistan, but also of the two Jesuits and a layman killed in Mexico.

(Vatican News Network)Pope Francis made special mention of the Afghan people devastated by the earthquake during his public reception on Wednesday, June 22. A strong earthquake hit the country in the early hours of June 22, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring 1,500. The quake, which measured 6.1 on the Richter scale, was centered in southeastern Afghanistan on the border with Pakistan. Humanitarian agencies of the Afghan government immediately offered help to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe.

Pope: “Over the past few hours, an earthquake in Afghanistan has resulted in heavy casualties and losses: my thoughts go out to the wounded and those affected by the earthquake, and my prayers are especially for those who lost their lives and their families “I hope that with everyone’s help, the suffering of the beloved Afghan people can be alleviated.”

In addition, during the public reception, the Pope also expressed his grief over the killing of two Jesuits and a layman in a church in Mexico on June 20. “How many people have been killed in Mexico! My thoughts and prayers are with the Catholic community affected by this tragedy. I reiterate that violence does not solve the problem, it only increases unnecessary suffering,” he said.

Link website: www.vaticannews.cn

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