Vatican City, Jun 5, 2018 / 07:18 am
With the death count of a massive volcanic eruption in Guatemala already at 65, Pope Francis has offered his prayers for the victims, their families and the thousands who have lost their homes due to the calamity.
In a June 5 telegram, the pope said he was "deeply distressed in hearing the sad news of the violent eruption" of Guatemala's Volcano de Fuego, meaning "Volcano of Fire," which so far "has caused numerous victims and enormous material damage which has affected a significant number of the area's inhabitants."
Signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and addressed to Guatemala's apostolic nuncio, Archbishop Nicolas Henry Marie Denis Thevenin, the telegram conveyed Pope Francis' prayers for the deceased and for all those "who are suffering the consequences of this natural disaster."
The pope assured of his spiritual closeness and support to the families "who weep for the loss of their loved ones," to wounded and to those who are working in relief efforts, asking that God would grant them "the gifts of solidarity, spiritual serenity and Christian hope."