Pope calls for prayers, aid after quake hits Pakistan, Afghanistan

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A boy lies in a bed after receiving aid at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, following a magnitude-7.5 earthquake. Photo: CNS/Fayaz Aziz, Reuters
A boy lies in a bed after receiving aid at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, following a magnitude-7.5 earthquake. Photo: CNS/Fayaz Aziz, Reuters

As the death toll from an earthquake in Pakistan and Afghanistan continued to rise, Pope Francis called for prayers and concrete aid for survivors.

The magnitude-7.5 temblor on 26 October left at least 380 people dead and thousands of homes and buildings badly damaged.

“Let us pray for the dead and their relatives, for all those who are wounded and the homeless,” he said at the end of his general audience in St Peter’s Square on 28 October. He asked that God offer consolation and courage to those who were suffering and struggling.

He asked that “these brothers and sisters not be lacking our concrete solidarity”.