Pope offers sympathy and support to Tasmanian bushfires victims


From Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

Pope Benedict XVI has offered his support to families and all those who have lost their homes in the Tasmanian bushfires.

The Archbishop of Hobart, Most Rev Adrian Doyle, said he had been heartened by the personal message from the Holy Father received earlier this week.

"His Holiness very kindly conveyed a message through the Secretary of State at the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone," Archbishop Doyle said.

In the message, Pope Benedict XVI said he had been saddened to learn of the widespread destruction caused by the Tasmanian bushfires.

"He commended the firefighters and emergency services for their efforts to protect the community and prays that assistance and support will be speedily available to those who have lost their homes or are otherwise affected," Archbishop Doyle said.

In the State's worst bushfires in more than 40 years, 100 properties have been completely destroyed with many others damaged together with livestock and beloved pets.

Archbishop Doyle said the bushfires had devastated communities and had been particularly hard on families who have lost their homes.

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