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Pope prays for Canadian fire victims

May 11, 2016

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s Secretary of State, has sent a message in Pope Francis’s name to the bishop of St. Paul, Alberta, in whose diocese the Fort McMurray wildfire is taking place.

“The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the destruction and distress caused by the extensive fires around Fort McMurray, and he assures you of his prayers for all the displaced, especially the children, who have lost their homes and livelihoods,” wrote Cardinal Parolin.

“He asks God to bless civil authorities and those coordinating evacuation and shelter for the homeless, as well as for strength and perseverance for all who are battling the fires,” Cardinal Parolin added. “Upon those affected by this ongoing disaster, the Holy Father invokes the Lord's blessing of patience, faith and hope.”

 
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