I am near to the dear Cuban people in these difficult moments, in particular to those families suffering the most. I pray that the Lord might help the nation construct a society that is more and more just and fraternal through peace, dialogue and solidarity. I urge all Cubans to entrust themselves to the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary of Charity of Cobre.
I remember in prayer the people who have lost their lives and expresses my profound closeness to their families. I pray especially for the people who are still missing, for the wounded, and for those whose property has suffered damage or been lost due to the power of nature.
I assure my spiritual closeness to all affected by the tragic fire at the Covid isolation ward of the al-Hussein hospital in Nasiriyah. I pray especially for those who have died and for the comfort of their families and friends who mourn their loss.
Let us pray for all the sick that may no one be left alone, that everyone receive the anointing of listening, closeness and care. We can all give it with a visit, a phone call, an outstretched hand.
In recent days my prayer has often been aimed at Haiti. I join in the heartfelt appeal of the country’s Bishops. I am close to the beloved Haitian people; I hope that the spiral of violence will cease and the nation can resume the journey toward a future of peace and harmony.
Today is “Sea Sunday”, dedicated in a particular way to seafarers and to those whose source of work and sustenance is the sea. I pray for them and exhort everyone to take care of the oceans and seas. Take care of the health of the seas: no plastic in the sea!
From the next 12 to 15 September, God willing, I will travel to Slovakia. First, I will celebrate the concluding Mass of the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest. Let us all pray for this journey and for the people who are working to organize it.
I invite you all to join spiritually with us, praying that praying that Lebanon may recover from the serious crisis it is going through and show the world once again its face of peace and hope.
I assure my closeness to the populations of South-west of the Czech Republic struck by a strong hurricane. I pray for the departed and the injured and for those who have had to leave their seriously damaged homes.
On the occasion of today’s Day of prayer for peace in the Middle East, I invite everyone to implore God’s mercy and peace in that region, where the Christian faith was born and is alive, despite the suffering.