Pope Francis sends Telegrams of Prayer for Victims of Storms and Wildfires in Italy and Greece which have caused some Deaths

In two telegrams, Pope Francis spoke of his spiritual closeness and prayers for victims of severe storms and wildfires that have hit Italy and Greece. The Pope also thanks the emergency workers who have come to help them.
Vatican News reported that on  July 28th Pope Francis expressed his solidarity and spiritual closeness to citizens in Greece and Italy who are dealing with destruction caused by severe storms and widespread wildfires hitting the nations.

In his telegram sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, to Bishop Petros Stef├ánou, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Greece, the Pope said he was “deeply concerned” by the life-threatening and widespread wildfires in various parts of Greece that have caused much damage due to the current heatwave affecting southern European countries.

“His holiness assures all those affected of his spiritual closeness and prays in a particular way that Almighty God will bless the efforts of the firefighters and other emergency personnel to combat this hazardous situation.”

The Pope also writes that he hopes that “the risks to our common home, exacerbated by the present climate crisis, will spur all people to renew their efforts to care for the gift of creation, for the sake of future generations.”

The Pope in his message conveyed by Cardinal Parolin said he prays that “the Lord, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, may bring comfort to all those suffering the consequences of such grave disasters.” He also expressed his appreciation for all those providing assistance, in particular the fire fighters, and he imparted his Apostolic Blessing.

Edited from Vatican News