Pope prays for quake victims, sends donation, urges solidarity

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April 28, 2015

A woman weeps as she and other relatives watch during a mass cremation ceremony near Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, three days after an earthquake hit the country. More than 4,300 people were known to have been killed and an estimated 1 million people were left homeless after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu. (CNS photo/Sedat Suna, EPA) See POPE-NEPAL (UPDATED) and NEPAL-AID April 28, 2015.

A woman weeps as she and other relatives watch during a mass cremation ceremony near Kathmandu, Nepal, April 28, three days after an earthquake hit the country. More than 4,300 people were known to have been killed and an estimated 1 million people were left homeless after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu. (CNS photo/Sedat Suna, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis offered his prayers to all of those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal, encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts and sent an initial donation of $100,000.

More than 4,300 people were known to have been killed and an estimated 1 million people were left homeless after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu April 25. The devastation included not just buildings collapsing from the tremors, but also people and villages being buried by landslides and avalanches triggered by the quake and aftershocks. The number of casualties was expected to be much higher as rescue teams tried to make their way into more remote areas.

“I pray for the victims, those wounded and for all those who suffer because of this calamity,” Pope Francis said after reciting the “Regina Coeli” prayer with visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 26.

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