Pope expresses solidarity with victims of Portugal fires

Pope expresses solidarity with victims of Portugal fires

Vatican City: Pope Francis expressed his sorrow for the damage created by the wildfire raging on the Portuguese island of Maderia. He entrusted the victims to the intersession of Blessed Virgin Merry and offered his closeness to the suffering families.

Through a letter signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Pope expressed his anxiety over the terrible calamity and asked the Vatican Secretary of State to convey his condolences to the families of the victims.

Wildfires on the Portuguese island of Madeira and in Spain had killed at least five people and hundreds of people were forced to evacuate their homes.

The letter addressed to Bishop Antonio Cavaco Carrilho of the diocese of Funchal, had said that “on the occasion of the Feast of Our Lady of the Mount, His Holiness entrusts the diocese of Funchal to the Holy Mother of God so that, with her Assumption into heaven, making herself closer to her children here on earth, she intercedes together with Jesus as a luminous sign of the future life we hope for.”