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Pope prays for German flood victims

Pope Francis, Pope of the Vatican, sent a telegram to German President Steinmeier, expressing his deep participation in the pain of those who have lost loved ones or who are looking for them because they are missing.

According to the Vatican Radio, the Pope has not lost his thought and his proximity to Germany, which in recent days has been hit by a storm that has caused floods, deaths and destruction, where there are currently 45 victims, while many are still missing.

In a telegram signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State of the Vatican, and addressed to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Franz Walter Steiner, Pope Francis wrote that he was “deeply moved” by what happened in North Rhineland-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. Therefore, he "remembers in prayer the people who have lost their lives and expresses his deep gratitude to their families."

In his prayers, the Pope also mentions the people who are still missing, the wounded, and those whose property has been damaged or lost due to the force of nature. Asking God's help and protection, Pope Francis affirms his spiritual closeness to those who do their best, and thus to the police and paramedics.

He added that the images that remain are a sign of the disaster caused by two continuous days of rain, due to the rise and flooding of many small and medium-sized streams of water, which caused human lives as well as homes, shops and cars to be dragged.

For her part, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is visiting the United States of America, described what happened as a "tragedy", and said that she was shocked by the situation in her country, stressing that all possible efforts were being made to find the missing.

Bad weather did not affect only Germany, as 5 victims were reported in Belgium due to floods, in addition to floods that also occurred in Luxembourg and the Netherlands.