Pope Francis on August 19, 2018, prayed with the 20,000 pilgrims gathered for the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square for the many victims of the floods in Kerala, India. As many as 350 are feared dead, with many more missing and thousands trapped by the flood waters.
“Over the last days, intense rains — which have caused flooding and landslides, with heavy losses of human lives, numerous dispersed and displaced, and great damage to crops and homes –, have harshly tried the inhabitants of Kerala (India),” the Holy Father said. “May these brothers of ours not lack our solidarity and the concrete support of the International Community. I am close to the Church in Kerala, which is in the front line to bring help to the population. All of us are also close to the Church in Kerala and we pray together for all those who lost their lives and for people tried by this great calamity.”