Pope Benedict made an appeal on Wednesday for the victims of the devastating earthquake which hit a number of provinces in China on Monday. The Holy Father said his thoughts were with all those affected by the disaster that has caused grave loss of human life, left many displaced and caused incalculable damage.
The Holy Father added that he is spiritually near to all those who have been affected by the earthquake and is offering prayers asking God to relieve their suffering.
"I invite you to join me in fervent prayer for those who have lost their lives. I remain spiritually close to the people suffering from such a devastating calamity; and we implore God to grant them relief in their suffering." The Pope concluded his appeal by asking the Lord "to give support to all those involved in meeting the immediate needs" of the victims.