Vatican City (September 18th, 2021).- Pope Francis prays for victims of flooding in Mexico as well as for all those unjustly held in foreign countries.
Pope Francis on Sunday turned his thoughts to the many victims of flooding in Mexico’s Hidalgo state, where 17 people died.
After the recitation of the Marian prayer in St Peter’s Square, the Pope expressed his closeness especially to those in the Tula Hospital, and “to their beloved ones”.
Heavy rainfall on 7 September caused the Tula and Rosas rivers to break their banks in the municipality of Tula in Hidalgo State.
Floodwaters swept through streets and into buildings, including the hospital of the Mexican Institute of Social Security. Flooding also knocked out power in the area including the hospital which was caring for several COVID-19 patients. 17 patients died.
Praying for those far from home
Pope Francis then prayed for “those being unjustly held in foreign countries”. He noted that unfortunately there are numerous cases, all very different and often complicated.
“I hope that these people may as soon as possible return home”, Pope Francis said.
By Francesca Merlo