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Text of Pope Francis remarks on earthquake, Hurricane Irma


  • A man in Tacana, Guatemala, looks inside a house damaged by a magnitude 8.1 earthquake that struck hours earlier. The quake was felt as far as Mexico City. (CNS photo/Esteban Biba, EPA)
  • A damaged wall and a smashed vehicle are pictured in Mexico City Sept. 8 after an 8.1 earthquake struck hours earlier. (CNS photo/Carlos Jasso, Reuters)
  • Children in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, carry containers for water Sept. 6 as Hurricane Irma races across the Caribbean. The hurricane was scheduled to hit the island later that night. (CNS photo/Ricardo Rojas, Reuters)
  • Janice Evans looks over her destroyed kitchen Sept. 6 in Dickinson, Texas, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey. Evans is a parishioner at the Shrine of the True Cross, which was also severely damaged in the storm. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

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VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia (CNS) -- Here is the Catholic News Service translation of Pope Francis' remarks in Spanish at the end of Mass Sept. 8 in Villavicencio:

At this moment, I want to show my spiritual closeness to all those who are suffering the consequences of the earthquake that struck Mexico yesterday, leading to many deaths and great material damage. My prayer is for those who have lost their lives and for their families.

Also, I am following closely the advance of Hurricane Irma, which is striking the Caribbean, leaving behind it many victims and immense material damage, causing thousands of homeless. I am following this with my heart, praying for them. And I ask you to join me in this intention.

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