Francis Sends Condolences to Australian Wildfire Victims



Devastating Fires Claim One Life and Destroy Hundreds of Homes


VATICAN CITY, October 21, 2013 ( – In a message sent through Vatican Secretary of State, Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis expressed his concern for those affected by the wildfires devastating New South Wales in Australia. The message was sent to the Bishops Conference of Australia.

Archbishop Parolin stated that the Holy Father is praying “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,” the message stated.

The wildfires have so far claimed one life and destroyed over 200 homes in South Wales and damaging over 100.

Government authorities warned that high temperatures would most likely maintain the fires for some time.

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