Pope urges aid for flood-hit Pakistan

Argentine pontiff appeals for ‘prompt international solidarity’ saying he is praying for the victims

AFP August 28, 2022
Pope Francis speaks to the audience during the Holy Mass on the 400th anniversary of the Canonisation of St Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Isidoro the Farmer, Francesco Saverio, Saint Teresa of Jesus and Filippo Neri, at the Jesuit Church of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, in Rome, Italy, March 12, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS


Pope Francis on Sunday called on the international community to help  Pakistan, where deadly floods have killed more than 1,000 people.

The Argentine pontiff appealed for "prompt and generous international solidarity", and said he was praying for the victims.

His comments came as he visited the city of L'Aquila in central Italy, which was hit by an earthquake that killed more than 300 people in 2009.

The 85-year-old pope praised the people of L'Aquila's "resilience" and "dignity".

Pope Francis, who used a wheelchair during the visit, was due to return to the Vatican early this afternoon.

He will chair a meeting with cardinals from around the world on Monday and Tuesday, where they will discuss the future of the Catholic Church.


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