The pontiff spoke about the victims of the storms in prayer this Sunday (May 5); 75 people have already died in the state

Pope Francis included the victims of Rio Grande do Sul in his prayers this Sunday (May 5, 2024). The pontiff offered solidarity to the families affected by the rains and floods in the State at the end of the Regina Caeli, a traditional Catholic supplication, in St. Peter’s Square, at the Vatican.

I want to assure my prayers for the populations of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, affected by major floods. May the Lord welcome the dead and comfort their families and those who had to abandon their homess,” said Francisco.

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This Sunday (May 5), the number of deaths in the State rose to 75, according to the Civil Defense of Rio Grande do Sul. Another 6 deaths are under investigation. The area has been hit by storms since April 28th.

The president of the CNBB (National Conference of Brazilian Bishops), Dom Jaime Spengler, also archbishop of Porto Alegre, said that the administrative center of the capital’s archdiocese and several churches were also taken by water.

This is a situation never seen before, not only here in our region, but throughout the state.”, he told the Vatican Newsofficial website of the Holy See.

Read below the information from the latest Civil Defense bulletin:


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