Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement praying for the lives and safety of all those in the path of Hurricane Delta as it makes landfall in the Gulf Coast:
“We pray to God today to keep secure and safe all those in the path of Hurricane Delta and to preserve and protect the invaluable gift of life. We pray especially for those in Louisiana and Texas who, tragically once again, will be most affected by this storm. We beseech the Good Lord for the safety of all families and their homes threatened by this hurricane. We pray especially for all the first responders who courageously risk their own lives to assist those in need. In keeping with the beautiful instruction expressed by Pope Francis in his recent encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, I earnestly request all the faithful and all people of goodwill to stand in fraternity and solidary with those who are affected by this storm, in whatever way may be possible in the circumstances at hand.
“We celebrated earlier this week the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and we pray especially for the intercession of our spiritual mother, for safety from the storm, for consolation in the face of the great suffering it will cause, and for continued courage in the resurrection of our Lord, who promises to guide us unceasingly to eternal life.”