Pope sending donation to Katrina victims
Vatican, Sep. 05 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI (bio
) is sending a personal donation to relief efforts for the victims of hurricane Katrina.
The Holy Father has dispatched Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, the head of the pontifical charity Cor Unum, to deliver the aid and to express the Pope's sympathy to the hurricane victims.
As his Angelus audience on Sunday, September 4, Pope Benedict drew attention to the devastating storm that had ravaged the southern United States. He gave his "assurance of my prayers for the deceased and for their relatives, for the injured and the homeless, for the sick, for children and for elderly people; I bless all those who are committed to the difficult work of aid and reconstruction." The Pope also voiced his sorrow at the deaths of hundreds of Iraqis-- "mostly elderly people, women, and children"-- in a panic-induced stampede at a Baghdad mosque. He prayed "that a climate of reconciliation and reciprocal trust may finally be instated in that troubled country."