Note by Marc Aupiais
August was to be a holiday in the Vatican, but Old Man Benedict- has clearly been affected by the Pakistani floods- appealing for help, from his holiday home in the Italian Alps:
"Pope Renews Appeal for Help for Pakistan's Flood Victims (18 Aug 10 – RV)
The unfolding tragedy of Pakistan's flood victims was the focus of a renewed appeal by Pope Benedict XVI to the International community this Wednesday. Speaking from his hill top summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Pope said:
"My thoughts go at this time to the dear people of Pakistan, recently hit by severe flooding, which has caused many victims and left many families homeless".
He went on to say: "As I entrust to the merciful goodness of God all those who are tragically gone, I express my spiritual closeness to their families and all who suffer because of this disaster. Our solidarity and the concrete support of the international community must not be lacking to these our sorely tried brothers and sisters!".
The Holy Father's appeal came at the end of his catechesis, this week dedicated to the figure of Pope Saint Pius X "
Radio Vaticana / Vatican Radio (Catholic; governmental: officially has editorial independence; Vatican based)
18 / 08 | August / 2010