Hurricane Fiona Causes Great Damage in Puerto Rico and Surrounding Islands - Pope Francis Calls for Support of the Country
Hurricane Fiona, Category 4 storm, caused great damage to Puerto Rico. The entire island of Puerto Rico lost power due to the storm's rain and winds. Hurricane Fiona strengthened to a Category 4 storm on Wednesday, after killing at least four people in Puerto Rico. The storm dropped 6 to 20 inches of rain in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The rain caused rivers to rise over their banks and triggered rock and mudslides, according to officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
We publish the follow-up and telegram that the Holy Father Francesco - signed by the Cardinal Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin - has invited H.E. Mons. Freddy Antonio de Jesús Bretón Martínez, Arcivescovo di Santiago de Los Caballeros, and H.E. Rubén Antonio González Medina, C.M.F., Vescovo di Ponce, for the life of Uragano Fiona in the Dominican Republic and in Porto Rico:
S.E. Bishop Freddy Antonio De Jesus Breton Martinez
Archbishop of Santiago de los Caballeros
President of the Conference of the Dominican Episcopate
The Holy Father, deeply distressed upon learning of the natural inclemencies that have hit the country in the last few hours due to Hurricane Fiona, causing numerous victims and material damage, raises his fervent prayer to the Most Clement Father, begging him to grant his consolation to the beloved Dominican people, suffering from these adversities. Likewise, it asks the entire Christian community and people of good will to increase solidarity to help those affected by this calamity, and thus manifest the fraternal closeness to which we are all called.
His holiness Francis entrusts them to the loving and maternal hands of our Lady of la Altagracia, and imparts his comforting apostolic blessing, as a sign of affection for the sons and daughters of the Dominican Republic.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State