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Pope joins in Haiti's grief and prays for earthquake victims

Francis has led a special prayer for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, during the Angelus prayer last Sunday.

David Fernández Alonso-August 17, 2021-Reading time: < 1 minutes
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Due to the strong earthquake that has shaken Haiti, which has caused numerous deaths, injuries and extensive material damage, the Pope wanted to express his closeness during the Angelus prayer on Sunday, "to those dear people who have been hard hit by the earthquake".

The Pope raised his "prayers to the Lord for the victims," offering his word of encouragement "to the survivors, in the hope that the international community will show a shared concern for them and that the solidarity of all can alleviate the consequences of the tragedy."

The earthquake that struck Haiti had a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale and was recorded in waters near Haiti with epicenter about 12 kilometers northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud. There is also a Tsunami warning. The country was affected yesterday by two strong earthquakes of 7.2 and 6.6 magnitude respectively. So far, more than 300 people have been killed and about 2,000 injured, but the numbers are still rising.

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