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Pope Francis prays for Kerala, urges the international community to help victims

Pope Francis prays for Kerala, urges the international community to help victims

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 20 Aug 2018, 04:23 am

Vatican City, Aug 20 (IBNS): Pope Francis on Sunday described the current flood situation in Kerala as a 'great calamity' and urged the international community to provide 'concrete support' to the victims of the Indian state.

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the flooding at St Peter's Square, reported Vatican News.

"The inhabitants of Kerala have been harshly struck by intense rains, which have caused flooding and landslides, with heavy loss of human life, with many people missing and displaced, with extensive damage to crops and homes," Pope Francis was quoted as saying by Vatican News.

The Pope expressed his closeness to the Church in Kerala, “which is at the forefront of efforts to bring aid to the population.”

As per Vatican News, Pope Francis led the crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square in prayer for those suffering from “this great calamity.”