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Pope Francis offers prayers for flood victims in India

Vatican: Pope Francis has offered prayers and condolences for the victims of monsoon flooding in India that has left more than 150 people dead.

“Deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in the monsoons of recent days in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat ; His Holiness Pope Francis sends his heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin wrote in a telegram on the Pope’s behalf on August 12.

The Vatican Secretary of State said Pope Francis is praying for the relief efforts underway, mindful of all those who have lost homes and livelihood.

“Upon the nation he [Pope Francis] willingly invokes the divine blessings of strength and perseverance,” Cardinal Parolin said.

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