Even the state media of China could not overlook the deeply human act of Pope Francis. The state media of China reported the prayer of the Pope for the victim of chemical explosions in China with due importance.
Pope Francis, during his Angelus prayer on the Solemnity of the Assumption, had said: “My thoughts go out, in this moment, to the people of the city of Tianjin, in northern China, where several explosions in an industrial area have caused numerous deaths and injuries, and extensive damage.” “May the Lord give them comfort, and support all those engaged in relieving their suffering” the Pope prayed. 114 people were killed and more than 700 were injured in Tianjin, China.
Fr. Sergio Ticozzi, Hong Kong-based PIME missionary, observed the act as a very positive sign from the Communist country. “The coverage of Pope Francis’ prayers is a sign that China is interested in the relationship with the Vatican, is interested in presenting Pope Francis, especially in his attitude of compassion and mercy for people who are suffering.”” he said..