Pope issues telegram to victims of Hurricane Katrina

Pope issues telegram to victims of Hurricane Katrina

.- Pope Benedict XVI said he was “deeply saddened by the tragic consequences” of Hurricane Katrina, which pummeled the state of Louisiana this week, leaving mass destruction and a yet unknown number of  dead. Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano issued the telegram on the Pope’s behalf.

He said the Pope assured all those affected “of his closeness and prayer” and “commends the deceased to the loving mercy of Almighty God.” He also invokes a blessing on all those who grieve the loss of their loved ones.

The Pope said he is praying for rescue workers and all those who are providing assistance and is encouraging them in their efforts to bring relief and support.

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