Vatican City, Jan 27, 2021 / 14:40 pm
Pope Francis has given a Catholic charity in Croatia more than $121,000 for earthquake relief.
The money was given to Caritas, part of the local bishops’ conference, to aid families in the Banija region, which was struck by a 6.4-magnitude earthquake last month.
The quake and its foreshocks and aftershocks, which hit on Dec. 29, killed at least seven people, injured dozens, and destroyed homes and churches.
One victim was the organist at the parish church in the town of Žažina, Stanko Zec, who was found dead in the rubble of the church.
Many people have been left without shelter after their homes were damaged.
In March 2020, the capital Zagreb was also struck by a magnitude 5.3 earthquake which injured 27 people and killed a teenage girl.
The funds from Pope Francis were donated through the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
“Caritas Croatia thanks the Holy Father Francis for his expression of proximity in prayer and material assistance that will provide warm and safe shelter to those left without roofs over their heads,” Bishop Bože Radoš of Varaždin, the president of Caritas Croatia, said Jan. 26.