Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pope Offers Missouri Tornado Victims His Prayers; At Least 122 People Killed in Joplin, MO Tornado

Pope Benedict XVI today (May 25, 2011) assured survivors of the deadliest tornado in the United States since 1950 that he was close to them spiritually and praying for hope and strength for the homeless, according to the Huffington Post website.

"The Holy Father has followed with deep concern the aftermath of the catastrophic tornado which struck Joplin on Sunday," read a text of a telegram of solidarity sent to the local bishop in Missouri and made public by the Vatican.

In the telegram, Benedict asks Bishop James Johnston to "convey to the entire community the assurance of his closeness in prayer, conscious of the tragic loss of life, and the immensity of the work of rebuilding that lies ahead."

At least 122 people were killed and some 750 wounded by the deadliest twister since 1950.

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