I am near the victims of the flooding that happened in the State of Hidalgo in Mexico, especially to the sick who died in the hospital of Tula and their families.
I would like to add my own personal thanks to the thousands of catechists throughout the world. I accompany you with my prayer and with my Apostolic Blessing.
Tomorrow I begin my Apostolic Journey to Budapest and Slovakia. I ask everyone to accompany me in prayer, and I entrust this visit to the intercession of so many heroic confessors of the faith, who, amid hostility and persecution, bore witness to the Gospel in those places.
New Year's Day is celebrated today in Ethiopia. Let us pray together for the Ethiopian people, particularly for those suffering due to the ongoing conflict and the serious humanitarian situation it has caused. May this be a moment to hear the common desire for peace.
Today as we celebrate the Birth of Mary, let us ask our Mother to help us rediscover the beauty of being God's children, overcoming differences and conflicts, to live as brothers and sisters.
I pray that many countries will welcome and protect those seeking a new life. That all Afghans, whether at home, in transit, or in host countries, live with dignity, in peace and fraternity with their neighbours. #PrayTogether
I assure my prayers for the people of the United States of America who have been hit by a strong hurricane in recent days. May the Lord receive the souls of the deceased and sustain those suffering from this calamity.
Today we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Let us pray together with our brothers and sisters of various Christian confessions and work for our common home at this time of serious planetary crisis. #SeasonOfCreation
As Christians the situation in Afghanistan obligates us. In historic moments like this, we cannot remain indifferent. For this reason, I address an appeal to everyone to intensify your prayer and practice fasting, asking the Lord for mercy and forgiveness.
Let us pray for Haiti. I want to express my closeness to the dear people hard hit by the earthquake. May the solidarity of all alleviate the consequences of the tragedy!