Illinois bishop visits tornado-ravaged community, prays with residents

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April 14, 2015

Pastor, bishop talk with woman after powerful tornado in Illinois

Cecilie Schwartz talks to Father Johnson Lopez, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle, Ill., and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, Ill., April 11, the EF4 tornado that damaged her home and 29 others in her neighborhood the night of April 9. Bishop Malloy visited the neighborhood after celebrating Mass at St. Patrick Church in Rochelle to pray for tornado victims and their families. (CNS photo/Penny Wiegert, Catholic Observer)

ROCKFORD, Ill. (CNS) — Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford visited tornado-damaged neighborhoods in Rochelle after praying with residents at an evening Mass at St. Patrick Church April 11.

According to the National Weather Service, eight tornadoes hit northern and central Illinois April 9.

A massive tornado, measuring EF4, touched down near Rochelle, which is about 25 miles south of Rockford, damaging or destroying about 50 homes and other buildings. In nearby Fairdale, all 72 buildings there were damaged or destroyed, according to some reports.

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