Pope Declares Two New Blesseds

Pope Declares Two New Blesseds

Pope Prays for Those Hit by Hurricane Irma, Mexican Earthquake

Expressed His Spiritual Closeness, Invited Others to Join His Prayers

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Pope Francis says he is spiritually close to and praying for those suffering from the effects of the severe earthquake that struck Mexico and of dramatic Hurricane Irma.
During his five-day Apostolic Visit to Colombia, the Holy Father expressed his concern at the end of the Beatification Mass on Sept. 8, 2017, for a martyred priest and bishop in Villavicencio.
“Right now,” the first Pope from the Americas said, “I wish to show my spiritual closeness to all those who suffer the consequences of the earthquake that struck Mexico last night, causing deaths and massive material damage.”
He assured his prayers for those who have lost their lives and for their families.
“In addition,” Francis continued, “I closely follow the development of Hurricane Irma that is hitting the Caribbean area, leaving behind numerous victims and massive material damage as well as causing thousands of displaced people.”
“I bring them into my heart and pray for them.”
The Pope asked those present to join him in praying for these intentions, and reminded them to pray for him.
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On the NET:
The Pope’s Remarks (in Italian): http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2017/09/08/0570/01231.html#fine

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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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