Pope Francis on July 9, 2018, offered his solidarity with and prayers for the victims of what are being called the worst floods in 35 years in western Japan. As of late afternoon on the 9th (local time) Japan News reported that the death toll was at 126, with more than 11,000 in shelters. Although rains have abated, danger from mudslides continues.
The Pope’s concerns came in a telegram to local ecclesial authorities from Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
Deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and of the injury caused by the serious floods following the heavy rains in Japan, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this tragedy. His Holiness prays especially for the repose of the deceased, the healing of those injured and the consolation of all those who grieve. The Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and all those involved in the search and rescue efforts as they assist the victims of this disaster. Upon all he willingly invokes abundant blessings.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State