Pope Francis appealed for help for quake victims of Turkey and Syria during his General Audience in the Vatican on Wednesday morning.

Addressing those present, the Pope said, his thoughts go at this time to the peoples of  the neighbouring countries, hard hit by the earthquake that caused thousands of deaths and injuries.

“With emotion I pray for them, and express my closeness to these peoples, to the families of the victims and to all those who are suffering from this devastating calamity.”

Appeal to show solidarity

The Pope thanked those who are working to bring relief, and encouraged everyone to show solidarity with those territories, “some of which have already been battered by a long war.”

“Let us pray together that these brothers and sisters of ours may move forward in the face of this tragedy, and let us ask Our Lady to protect them: Hail Mary, ….”

This marks the latest exhortation of the Holy Father to help.

CAFOD are currently running an appeal for those in need and you can donate at https://cafod.org.uk/