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Bishops appeal to help cyclone victims

At least 32 people were killed and over 200 missing, all reportedly Catholic fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

 
New Delhi: 

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India has asked its people across the country to pray for the victims of the severe cyclone that hit southern Indian cost and help those in need.

The bishops while expressing solidarity with with the people of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep, assured prayers for the victims of Ockhi cyclone that hit the coast Dec. 1-2.

The bishops offered “condolences to the families of all those who have lost their lives” and wished “to comfort those who have been afflicted by pain and suffering” in the devastating hurricane.

Media reports say at least 32 people were killed over 200 missing, all reportedly Catholic fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

More than 560 houses are known to be totally damaged and more than 1,500 houses partially damaged. Approximately 10,000 people are evacuated.

“Caritas India, the Catholic Church’s wing of mercy is working along with the authorities to provide relief to the people,” the conference general secretary Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas said in a statement.

“At this time of grief, loss and suffering, the Catholic Church in India is close to the affected families” it said urging Catholics to financially help the needy in coastal dioceses through the network of their own parishes and dioceses.

On behalf of the conference president Cardinal Baselios Cleemis the statement urged Catholics to make special prayer on Dec. 10 Sunday and to also to provide material support.

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