“Now is the time for compassion and for solidarity. We must put aside hatred, wars, and divisions that lead to self-destruction. Let us unite in our sorrow to help those who suffer in Turkey and Syria. May we build peace and fraternity in our world.”
Pope Francis tweeted those words of support on Thursday for the tens of thousands of people whose lives have been lost or overturned by a pair of catastrophic earthquakes in south-eastern Turkey. The Pope’s expression of closeness follows several others he has made via various channels following Monday’s earthquakes.
His public words have been backed up by numerous humanitarian responses on the part of the Catholic Church.
In England and Wales this is led by CAFOD, the official aid agency of the Catholic Church and part of Caritas International. To support its Earthquake Appeal follow this link: https://cafod.org.uk/