In the aftermath of the violent tsunami that hit Indonesia, Pope Francis prayed for the victims and appealed for the solidarity of the international community, after the Angelus prayer on December 23, 2018.
On the evening of December 22, a tsunami hit the coast of the Sunda Strait, separating the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra. At least 168 people have been killed in this disaster and several hundred injured are counted. Many people are still missing.
“My thoughts are with the Indonesian populations affected by violent natural disasters at this time,” Pope Francis said after the Marian prayer. “I am spiritually close to the displaced and to all the people who are suffering,” he said, imploring God to relieve the suffering of the victims.
Pope Francis also invited everyone to join in his prayers for the victims and their loved ones. “I appeal for our solidarity and the support of the international community not to be lacking to these brothers and sisters,” he said. (cath.ch/imedia/pad/pp)
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