.- Pope Benedict XVI has expressed solidarity with the victims of the Dec. 5 landslide in the Colombian town of Bello.
Colombiaâs ambassador to the Holy See, Cesar Mauricio Velasquez added that the Pope is urging solidarity with those affected by the torrential rains that have drenched 80 percent of the country.
During a Dec. 12 visit to the town of Bello, which is near the Colombian city of Medellin, Velasquez told reporters, âThe Pope has encouraged the International Caritas Network to help those affected, especially the families of the deceased in Bello.â
The Holy Father âshares the suffering of the victims of the torrential rains in Colombia,â the ambassador said, especially those in Bello.
Benedict XVI is praying âfor the children who were buried in the landslide, and for their families, that they might receive divine comfort and strength,â he added.
Velasquez said he was âastonishedâ at the scale of the tragedy and at the organization and determination of those involved in the rescue effort, which he described as âexemplary.â