Pontiff Calls Faithful to Pray for Disaster Victims

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 9, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI today concluded the general audience with a call to prayer for those in various parts of the world suffering from natural disasters.

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He noted those “from Latin America — especially Central America — to Southeast Asia, [who] have been struck by storms, flooding and landslides that have lead to many deaths, missing persons and homeless.”

“Once more, I desire to express my closeness to all those who are suffering through these natural disasters, and I invite everyone to pray for the victims and their families and to remain united with them, so that institutions, and men and women of good will, might collaborate with a generous spirit in helping the thousands of persons tried by these calamities.”

El Salvador has been particularly hard hit by flooding, and more than 500 people have died in Thailand since July, many drowning in the flood waters.

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