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‘Brothers & Sisters, I Am Close to You’ — Pope Prays for Those Affected by Violent Mexico Earthquake

Prays God’s Help Gives Them Strength and Support

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Brothers and sisters, I am very close to you….

Following Wednesday’s General Audience, Pope Francis expressed this to all those affected in southern Mexico, by a major 7.5-magnitude earthquake registered in the region of Oaxaca, in the south of Mexico, as the country faces the COVID19 pandemic.

At least five lives were claimed and several were injured by the quake.

The Pope encouraged all those watching to pray for all those affected. “A violent earthquake struck the south of Mexico, claiming several victims, leaving many injured and causing great damage.”

“May the help of God and their brothers and sisters,” he said, “give them strength and support.”

“Brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis concluded, “I am very close to you.”

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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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. 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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