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Pope sends $100,000 to help victims of Mexico storms

Mexico City, Mexico, Oct 1, 2013 / 01:50 pm (EWTN News) -

Pope Francis has sent a message of consolation along with a donation of $100,000 to help in the relief effort for victims of the recent tropical storms "Ingrid" and "Manuel" in Mexico.

According to the Mexican Bishops' Conference, the aid from the Holy Father will be distributed through the dioceses in the regions hardest hit by the storms.

The Pope's gesture reinforces the efforts already made by the Church in Mexico to reach out to those who have lost their homes or loved ones in the massive floods and mud slides.

Across the country, clergy and laity alike have joined together to collect basic necessities and provide assistance to those in need.

Pope Francis also sent a telegram of condolence through Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, to the president of the Mexican Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Jose Francisco Robles Ortega of Guadalajara.

In his message the Holy Father offered "prayers for the eternal repose of the deceased" and implored divine consolation "for those who have suffered these grave misfortunes." The Pope also encouraged all those of good will to show solidarity to the victims and to contribute in the rebuilding efforts in the areas that have been devastated.

Pope Francis offered his sincere condolences to the families of the deceased and his spiritual closeness to the wounded and to those displaced. "He entrust them to the maternal hands of Our Lady of Guadalupe and imparts upon them all the Apostolic Blessing as a sign of affection for the beloved Mexican people," the message states.

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