Pope offers prayers, blessings after floods in Europe, Asia
Drawing attention to deadly floods that have struck parts of Europe and Asia this month, Pope John Paul II has offered his prayers and encouraged greater assistance to the victims.
Speaking on Wednesday after his weekly general audience, the Holy Father said flooding had forced millions of people in central China to face "tragic hardships" and people in Germany and the Czech Republic to undertake a long process of reconstruction.
"While I assure everyone of my closeness in affection and prayer, I encourage and bless the race of solidarity that has been seen among nations and the populations themselves, victims of painful events," he said.
By late August, some 1000 people in central China were thought to have been killed by the floodwaters, and the swollen Yangtze River still threatened downstream cities.
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