WASHINGTON—Pope Francis expressed his solidarity with all those affected by Hurricane Harvey, in a message conveyed by the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Holiness Pope Francis asks you kindly to convey the assurance of his spiritual
closeness and pastoral concern to all those affected by the violent hurricane
that swept through the states of Texas and Louisiana in these days," Cardinal
Parolin wrote. "Deeply moved by the tragic loss of life and the immense
material devastation that this natural catastrophe has left in its wake, he
prays for the victims and their families, and for all those engaged in the
vital work of relief, recovery and rebuilding."
Parolin added that Pope Francis "likewise trusts that the immense and immediate
needs of so many individuals and communities will continue to inspire a vast
outpouring of solidarity and mutual aid in the best traditions of the nation."
message was sent by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the
full text of the letter is available at: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2017/08/31/0543/01209.html.