Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Sep 13, 2023 / 15:00 pm
The leader of the Catholic Church in Morocco said this week that material support and prayers will be needed for “months, or maybe even years” after the nation of 37 million was rocked by its worst earthquake in decades.
In a Sept. 11 interview with Caritas International, Cardinal Cristóbal López Romero, archbishop of Rabat and president of Caritas Morocco, said the situation in the country “varies from day to day, not to say hour to hour.”
“It is changing positively in the sense that the authorities and civil society are organizing themselves to help the victims, but it is changing negatively because day by day, hour by hour, the number of dead and injured is rising,” the 71-year-old Spaniard said.
The 6.8-magnitude earthquake, which hit near the historic city of Marrakesh Friday night, has killed more than 2,900 people as of Sept. 13, the New York Times reported. It is the deadliest earthquake to hit the north African nation since at least 1960.