ROME — Shortly after an earthquake devastated towns in Central Italy last month, the Order of Friars Minor sent a message conveying solidarity with the victims.
“With deep sorrow for what happened, the Friars Minor have prayed and are praying for all the victims; for those who have lost their lives, that the Lord of life grant them a share in his immortal life; for the wounded and for those who have lost loved ones, that they may feel the strengthening presence of the Risen Lord in this time of grief,” read the statement about the Aug. 24 tragedy.
The statement continued, “The pain caused by the earthquake to many people can only be endured through human solidarity, believing in the certainty of the constant presence of God in our lives. The God of life, who does not will a premature and violent death, is close to all his children in all circumstances. Therefore, it is time to deepen our faith and our home in Him who never abandons us.”
The town most damaged by the earthquake — Amatrice — is roughly 80 miles southeast of Assisi.
— Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.
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