Pope prays for natural disaster victims in U.S., U.K., Latin America

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December 31, 2015

Street signs are seen under water Dec. 30 in Valley Park, Mo., as mandatory evacuations are underway where the river is expected to breach the levee. Gov. Jay Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard Dec. 22 in response to flooding after days of heavy rain and predicted record river levels. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

Street signs are seen under water Dec. 30 in Valley Park, Mo., as mandatory evacuations are underway where the river is expected to breach the levee. Gov. Jay Nixon activated the Missouri National Guard Dec. 22 in response to flooding after days of heavy rain and predicted record river levels. (CNS photo/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis called on Christians to pray for victims of several natural disasters that have hit parts of the United States, Great Britain and Paraguay.

“I invite you to pray for the victims of disasters that in recent days have struck the United States, Great Britain and South America, especially in Paraguay, and that unfortunately have caused casualties, many displaced persons, and extensive damage,” the pope said Dec. 30, before concluding his weekly general audience.

Severe weather affected the southern and central United States, causing massive flooding that claimed the lives of 35 people in 13 states, according to CNN. Missouri was the most severely affected, with levees overflowing in St. Louis.

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