He continued: “As the Church in Poland, we want to support those affected with our prayers and offerings. Let us implore of God hope for those who have suffered and a spirit of solidarity, care, and co-responsibility for all people of goodwill who can help the victims.”
“I ask that Sunday next, July 25, be a day dedicated in the Church in Poland to solidarity with the victims of floods and storms in Europe.”
At least 120 people have died in the floods as of July 16, with hundreds of others still missing.
The flooding, which has also affected Luxembourg and Switzerland, occurred when rivers burst their banks after record rainfall.
More than 100 people have died in Germany, prompting Pope Francis to send a telegram expressing his condolences.
“His Holiness remembers in prayer the people who have lost their lives and expresses his profound closeness to their families,” said the July 15 telegram sent on Pope Francis’ behalf to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
In his message, Gądecki, the vice-president of the Council of the Conferences of European Bishops (CCEE), encouraged parishes in Poland to remember the victims during the prayer of the faithful at Mass.
He appealed to parishes to hold a collection after Mass which Caritas Poland will then distribute to those affected.