Pope Benedict XVI launched an appeal on Sunday for the victims and all those affected by Hurricane Sandy. More than 20 people across the Caribbean, have been killed by the devastating storm which has already torn through the Bahamas, Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica and now threatens the East Coast of the USA.
In his address to pilgrims after the Angelus, and before the Mass mark the conclusion of the Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization, the Holy Father assured all those affected by the storm of his spiritual closeness, and promised to remember the victims in prayer. Pope Benedict asked all the faithful to pray for those affected as well, and issued a general call for concrete acts of solidarity.
Pope Benedict said: "I wish to assure you of my closeness and my recollection of those who have been affected by this natural disaster, while I invite everyone to prayer and solidarity, in order to alleviate the pain of the families of the victims and offer support to the thousands of people who have been hurt in various ways by the storm.