Pope prays for strength and hope in wake of Oklahoma tragedy

2013-05-21 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegram to Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City to express his deep concern for the victims, injured and homeless in the wake of a devastating tornado:

The Holy Father has followed with deep concern the aftermath of the devastating tornado which has struck Oklahoma and he asks you convey to the entire community the assurance of his solidarity and closeness in prayer. Conscious of the tragic loss of life and the immensity of the work of rebuilding that lies ahead, he asks Almighty God to grant eternal rest to the departed, comfort to the afflicted, and strength and hope to the homeless and the injured. In a particular way he commends to the Father of mercies the many young children among the victims and their grieving families. Upon the local civil and religious leaders, and upon all involved in the relief efforts, His Holiness invokes the Risen Lord’s gifts of consolation, strength and perseverance in every good.

Cardinal Tarcisio BertoneSecretary of State

Archbishop Coakley spoke with Vatican Radio on Tuesday about how Catholics are helping in relief efforts in the aftermath of the tragedy: