Pope’s Message to Victims of Australian Wildfires

Here is the message sent by the Holy Father through his Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin to the victims of the devastating wildfires that have ravaged New South Wales, Australia.

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From the Vatican, 19 October, 2013

His Holiness Pope Francis has asked me to express his concern for the people of New South Wales and all who are affected the devastation wrought by the extensive fires in the region.

He prays especially for those who have died and for those who have lost their homes and workplaces, as well as for the numerous personnel working to combat the fires and provide comfort and care for those who are suffering.

Invoking the spiritual gifts of solidarity and perseverance upon the communities touched by these trying events, the Holy Father sends his blessing.

+Archbishop Pietro Parolin,

Secretary of State

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