Hurricane Harvey devastates SE Texas dioceses

Pope Francis expressed his solidarity to all affected by Hurricane Harvey. In a message from Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin to Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, the cardinal conveyed  “the assurance of (Pope Francis’) spiritual closeness and pastoral concern to all those affected by the violent hurricane that swept through the states of Texas and Louisiana in these days,”

Calling for prayers and solidarity with all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, Cardinal Daniel Di Nardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, stated in part,  “The effects of this storm continue to put people in harm’s way, with horrific scenes playing out all around, such as those of people trapped on their rooftops as water continues to rise around them. Many dioceses of the Church in the United States have been affected; many others will be as the storm continues.”

He went on the say, “The USCCB is working closely with affected local dioceses, Catholic Charities USA and St. Vincent de Paul, along with other relief organizations, to assess the needs on the ground. In the next couple of days, we will share more about the best ways to assist those in the Gulf region with material needs based on the latest information.”

For the full text of Cardinal Parolin’s letter, click here.

Catholic Charities USA is taking monetary donations on its website: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.

For the USCCB News Release, click here.

For the Catholic News Service (Aug. 28, 2017) report, click here.