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Pope appeals for help for quake victims in Turkey, Syria

Man holds the hand of his 15-year-old daughter, who died in the earthquake in Kahramanmaras, close to its epicentre. (Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images; Courtesy: The Guardian)

Pope Francis led the Hail Mary prayer to appeal for help for the earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria during the General Audience on Wednesday.

The Pope invited those present, "Let us pray together that these brothers and sisters of ours may move forward in the face of this tragedy, and let us ask Our Lady to protect them: Hail Mary, ..."

This is Pope Francis' most recent appeal for help for the earthquake victims.

The tragic earthquake affected Turkey and Syria, caused to the 11000 death and the destruction of hundreds of buildings as of February 8.

The Pope hailed humanitarian workers and urged solidarity with the affected areas, "some of which have already been battered by a long war."

Pope Francis said in grief to the audience, "With emotion I pray for them, and express my closeness to these peoples, to the families of the victims and to all those who are suffering from this devastating calamity."

On Tuesday, he tweeted his closeness to the earthquake victims.

"I remain close with all my heart to the people affected by the earthquake in #Türkiye and #Syria. I continue to pray for those who have lost their lives, as well as the injured, family members, and rescuers. May our concrete aid sustain them in the midst of this appalling tragedy," the Pope tweeted.

By sending the two separate telegrams to the Apostolic Nuncios, Archbishop Marek Solczynski in Turkey, and Cardinal Mario Zenari in Syria on Monday, Pope Francis expressed his spiritual closeness to the victims. - With inputs from Vatican News


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