As the death toll remains uncertain in Oklahoma following Monday’s massive tornado, the local archbishop is assuring the Church’s spiritual presence and practical assistance.
Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City noted that his initial primary concern is for the victims, and he expressed his gratitude and promise of prayer for the first responders.
“As soon as possible, I will be on site in Moore to help support and offer comfort and consolation to anyone who might need or desire it,” he said Tuesday morning. “We draw hope in such times from Jesus’ invitation to the weary or troubled to come to Him and find rest.”
“Catholic Charities [Oklahoma City] and we as an archdiocese will work with many others to ensure a smooth and comprehensive response not only to the immediate needs of those affected by the violent storms, but also to their longterm needs as they rebuild their lives,” the prelate added. “We’re there for the long term and we’re usually the last ones to leave.”
Archbishop Coakley also noted the “flood of inquiries and assurances of prayers from people across the country and around the world, including the Holy Father Pope Francis, the apostolic nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We are deeply grateful.”
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