Holy Father Pope Francis expressed his “heartfelt solidarity” with all those affected by the massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Lombok island on Sunday. In a telegram sent to Indonesia’s Church and civil authorities, Holy Father Pope Francis said he felt “great sadness” when informed of the “tragic loss of life and destruction of property caused by the earthquakes”.
As reported by Vatican news, The Pontiff said that he is praying for “the repose of the deceased, the healing of the injured, and the consolation of all who grieve the loss of their loved ones.” His Holiness Pope Francis encouraged the search and rescue efforts and invoked “upon the people of Indonesia divine blessings of consolation and strength.”
At least 98 people died when the earthquake struck the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Bali. The magnitude-7 quake came a week after a similar-sized tremor. The earlier one left around 20 people dead.