Pope Francis Expresses Condolences To Victims of Wildfire in Hawaii

In a telegram addressed to the Apostolic Nuncio in the United States, Pope Francis expresses his condolences to the victims of the wildfire in Hawaii and also assures them of his prayers.

In the Friday telegram sent on behalf of the Holy Father, by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the HolyFather sympathized with all who were impacted by the wildfire that raved the island of Maui, causing death, damage to properties as well as displacement of thousands of people.

“His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of life and the destruction caused by the wildfires on the Hawaiian Island of Maui, and he expresses his solidarity with all those suffering from this tragedy, especially those whose loved ones have died or are missing,” read the telegram.

The Pontiff ” also offers the assurance of prayers for the dead, injured and displaced, as wee as for the first responders and emergency personnel.”

“As a sign of his spiritual closeness, the Holy Father willingly invokes upon all the people of Maui Almighty God’s blessings of strength and peace,” it concludes.

Not fewer than 80 people have died as a result of the devastating Tuesday flames. About 1,000 people according to the authority remain unaccounted for.

Hawaii Governor Josh Green said hundreds more have been displaced and are in need of homes right away. “We’re talking about the largest natural disaster of this generation in Hawaii,” Josh said.

US President Joe Biden however has declared a state of emergency. He noted that “every asset we have will be available” to the people of Hawaii.

Describing the various terrible ways the survivors escaped the wildfire, Christians in Hawaii said is “like Armageddon”

South Maui senior pastor Kirk Milhoan told Calvary magazine: “I’ve been deployed to Iraq twice. Lahaina looks like a war zone. It’s a smoldering mess.”

Several Christian denominations are providing relief for the survivors who’ve been left with nothing. Harvest Christian Fellowship senior pastor Greg Laurie whose Hawaii campus was affected has set up Harvest Haui Relief Fund in a bid to support the victims.
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