US archbishop calls for prayers after deadly tornados rip through southern states

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Source: Mobile Archdiocese/St Michael's

Rescue workers are continuing to search for survivors of the deadly tornadoes which tore through Alabama, Georgia, Florida and parts of South Carolina on Sunday. Twenty three people are known to have died, but the emergency services expect the death toll to rise. Thousands of homes are without power, and many have been destroyed or badly damaged.

Archbishop Thomas J Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, released the following statement: "The catastrophic tornados which occurred yesterday in the Archdiocese of Mobile have brought loss of life and devastating damage.

"I am asking for prayers for those who lost their lives and for their loved ones, as well as for those who have lost homes and businesses. In the meantime, Catholic Social Services of the Archdiocese of Mobile has reached out to the pastors of the affected areas to offer assistance for those in need. Catholic Social Services stands ready to be a part of the recovery."

The parish of St Michael in Auburn Alabama, was near the path of the tornado. The parish write on their Facebook page: "Our continued thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the disastrous storms that took place yesterday."

St Michael's is giving out information about relief services and donations. For more information see:

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