Pope Francis sent a message of support and encouragement yesterday to the people of Sardinia, who suffered loss of human life and property after a cyclone hit the island region earlier this week.
The message was sent to Archbishop Arrigo Miglio, president of the bishops' conference of Sardinia, through Secretary of State Pietro Parolin. Below is a translation of the telegram:
“The Pontiff learned with trepidation the news of the storm that hit this land of Sardinia, causing floods and loss of human life, injuries and huge damage and hardship for many families. His Holiness would like to send everyone his affectionate word of comfort and encouragement, assuring a particular remembrance in prayer for those who lost their lives and for all the people tried by this grave calamity. The Holy Father hopes that you will experience solidarity and the necessary aid to face this difficult moment, and he imparts a special apostolic benediction.”