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Pope Declares Two New Blesseds

Pope Declares Two New Blesseds

Pope Prays for Those Hit by Hurricane Irma, Mexican Earthquake

Expressed His Spiritual Closeness, Invited Others to Join His Prayers

Pope Francis says he is spiritually close to and praying for those suffering from the effects of the severe earthquake that struck Mexico and of dramatic Hurricane Irma.

During his five-day Apostolic Visit to Colombia, the Holy Father expressed his concern at the end of the Beatification Mass on Sept. 8, 2017, for a martyred priest and bishop in Villavicencio.

“Right now,” the first Pope from the Americas said, “I wish to show my spiritual closeness to all those who suffer the consequences of the earthquake that struck Mexico last night, causing deaths and massive material damage.”

He assured his prayers for those who have lost their lives and for their families.

“In addition,” Francis continued, “I closely follow the development of Hurricane Irma that is hitting the Caribbean area, leaving behind numerous victims and massive material damage as well as causing thousands of displaced people.”

“I bring them into my heart and pray for them.”

The Pope asked those present to join him in praying for these intentions, and reminded them to pray for him.


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About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is a 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 four languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight, and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio 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': or

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