AID SENT BY THE HOLY FATHER TO THE VICTIMS OF THE EARTHQUAKE IN NEPAL
After last weekend’s earthquake which hit the country of Nepal with extraordinary violence, the Holy Father, through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has decided to send an initial contribution of US$ 100.000 to the immediate aid of the population.
This sum, which will be sent to the local Church, will be used to support the emergency work in favour of the displaced and the victims of the earthquake. It represents an immediate concrete and tangible expression of His spiritual closenness and fatherly encouragement towards the affected people in the region. These were Pope Francis’ words during the Regina Coeli of Sunday, April 26. Episcopal Conferences and Catholic charitable organisations are already actively committed in the relief effort.
According to available but not still final estimates, the victims, some of which are also registered in neighbouring countries could be more than 4.300, there could be around 7 million persons hit in 34 districts of the State of Nepal, 1 million homeless and 2 million could be the children in need of help. Various places are still isolated and have not been reached by rescue teams. The government calculated that around 400.000 buildings were destroyed.
Vatican City, 28.IV.2015