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Pope Francis expresses his closeness to Java earthquake victims

The Parish Priest leads the Response Coordination at the Human Services Post, St. Peter's Parish, Cianjur (Photo credit Caritas Indonesia)

At the conclusion of the general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the victims of the Java earthquake, which caused a huge loss of life and property.

The Pope said, "I express my nearness to that dear population and I pray for the dead and the injured."

According to the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the Cianjur earthquake claimed 271 lives, with 40 still missing, and injured nearly 2043 people as of Wednesday, November 23.

Most of the people died in the collapsed house and in erosion caused by the earthquake.

The 5.6-magnitude earthquake shallowed about 10 kilometres (6 miles) deep on Monday centred in Cianjur of West Java.

Cianjur city is home to about 175,000 people in the principal city. Over 2.5 million people stay in the area.

The Indonesian Catholic community responded promptly to the emergency situation in collaboration between Caritas Indonesia and its national networks, including the Caritas Diocese of Bogor, the Caritas Diocese of Bandung, and the Institute of Daya Dharma (LDD) of the Archdiocese of Jakarta.

With the help of volunteer parishioners, the stations in the local parishes offer public kitchens and health services. - With inputs from Vatican News


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