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Pope Francis sends message of condolence to victims of Papua New Guinea landslide

Pope Francis sends message of condolence to victims of Papua New Guinea landslide

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DILI, 29 may 2024 (TATOLI) – Pope Francis expressed his deep sorrow and prayers for the victims of the recent landslide in Papua New Guinea, which caused more than 2,000 deaths.

“His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the devastation caused by the landslide in the Enga Province of Papua New Guinea, and he assures everyone affected by this disaster of His Spiritual Closeness,” said Pope Francis in a telegram sent by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

His Holiness offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they continue their relief efforts, and willingly invokes upon all the divine blessings of consolation and strength: “Praying especially for the dead, those who mourn their loss, and for the rescue of the many persons still missing.”

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Papua New Guinea from september 6 to 9, as part of his longest trip as Pope.

The Papua New Guinean government told the United Nations that more than 2,000 people had been buried alive by the landslide that occurred last friday.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres said he was “deeply saddened” by reported loss of hundreds of lives in PNG during a massive landslide.

He extends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and expresses his solidarity with the people and Government of Papua New Guinea.

The United Nations and its partners are supporting the Government’s response efforts.  The Secretary-General underscores that the United Nations stands ready to offer additional assistance at this challenging time.

Six villages in Enga province were almost wiped out when a chunk of Mount Mungalo collapsed at around 3 am local time last friday, while the communities were still sleeping inside their homes.

 

Journalist: Camilio de Sousa

Editor: Filomeno Martins

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