POPE FRANCIS DOOM NOVENA! Prays For Tsunami Victims + Days Later + Erupting Mount Etna Volcano Sparks EARTHQUAKE In Sicily
23 DECEMBER 2018
Pope appeals for solidarity for victims of Indonesia disaster
Pope Francis has issued an appeal to the international community to support the victims of a devastating tsunami in Indonesia. The tsunami which struck during the night is believed to have been triggered by a volcanic eruption and the death toll is climbing by the hour with hundreds of people injured and scores missing. It is feared the numbers of victims will continue to rise as not all affected areas have been reached. Speaking to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope said his thoughts are with the people of Indonesia “who have been struck by a series of violent natural disasters, which have caused many deaths, many missing people, much displacement and considerable material damage”. He invited everyone to join in praying for the victims and for their loved ones and expressed his spiritual closeness to those who are affected by the tragedy saying that he implores God’s consolation in their suffering. “My appeal is that these brothers and sisters may not lack our solidarity and the support of the International Community” he said. According to Indonesia's disaster management agency the death toll is currently at 222 people dead with 843 injured and 28 missing. The volcano that erupted Saturday night lies in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands, linking the Indian Ocean and Java Sea. It erupted about 24 minutes before the tsunami which could reportedly have been caused by undersea landslides or those occurring above sea level on the volcano's steep outside slope following the eruption. Source
26 DECEMBER 2018
Erupting Mount Etna volcano sparks EARTHQUAKE in Sicily, injuring ten and sending panicked villagers fleeing their homes as cracks appear in the street.
A quake triggered by Mount Etna's ongoing eruption jolted eastern Sicily before dawn Wednesday, slightly injuring 10 people and prompting frightened Italian villagers to flee their homes. Italy's Civil Protection officials said the quake, which struck at 3.19am, was part of a swarm of some 1,000 tremors, most of them barely perceptible, linked to Etna's volcanic eruption this week. The quake struck north of Catania, the largest city in the eastern part of the Mediterranean island, but no injuries or damages were reported there. Source