Pope Francis on Sunday expressed sorrow, prayer, and solidarity during his Angelus address for the "many victims and displaced persons" stricken by Hurricane Matthew.
Before ending the Mass for the Marian Jubilee,
celebrated in St Peter's Square, the pontiff said, "I learned with
sorrow of the serious consequences caused by the hurricane which
recently hit the Caribbean, especially Haiti, leaving many victims and
displaced persons, as well as substantial property damage. I assure my
closeness to the people and express confidence in the sense of
solidarity of the international community, of Catholic institutions and
people of good will. I invite you to join me in prayer for these
brothers and sisters, so sorely tried. "
Hurricane Matthew, which hit the island a few days ago, killed at
least 900 dead. According to some missionaries, southern Haiti is
The pontiff also said that "yesterday in Oviedo (Spain) Fr Gennaro
Fueyo Castañón and three lay companions were proclaimed Blessed. Let us
praise the Lord for these heroic witnesses of the faith, who joined the
ranks of the martyrs and gave their lives in the name of Christ."
Fr Gennaro Fueyo Castañón, 72; Segundo González Alonso, 48; Isidro
Fernández Cordero, 33; Antonio González Alonso, 24, were killed during
the civil war in Spain, in Asturias, in 1936.
Before reciting the Angelus, Francis also thanked all the pilgrims who came for the Marian Jubilee.
"I address my most cordial greeting to all of you, dear pilgrims, who
have participated in the Marian Jubilee. Thanks you for your presence!
With you I would like to repeat the words that St John Paul II used on 8
October 2000 in the Act of Entrustment to Mary, ‘Mother ... we wish to
entrust to you the future that awaits us. [. . .] Humanity [. . .] can
turn this world into a garden, or reduce it to a pile of rubble.’ At
this junction, may the Virgin help us choose life, accepting and
practicing the Gospel of Christ the Saviour."