Vatican City, Oct 4, 2018 / 04:03 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis donated to recovery efforts in Indonesia after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the Sulawesi coast, leaving at least 1,400 people dead.
The pope sent $100,000 in recovery aid through the Vatican Dicastery for Human Development Oct. 4 to assist with the first phase of emergency rescue and medical aid.
The 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck the island of Sulawesi on the evening of Sept. 28, causing a tsunami with 20 foot-high waves to hit the coastal city of Palu, which continues to be affected by landslides.
Nearly one week after the disaster, many people remain missing or injured, and tens of thousands of Indonesians have been displaced from their homes.
Among the missing are 52 Catholic and Protestant high school students who were attending a weekend retreat when the earthquake caused the church to collapse, reported UCA news on Oct. 3. Thirty-four of their classmates’ bodies were found among the rubble of the church earlier this week.