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Pope Francis today showed his “closeness and solidarity” to those affected by the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Spanish island of La Palma, which since the beginning of the eruption a week ago has forced the evacuation of more than 6,000 people and has destroyed more than 460 buildings.
“I express closeness and solidarity to those who have been hit by the volcano on the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands“, Said the pontiff at the end of the Sunday prayer of the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, before several hundred people.
Francisco assured that he was thinking “especially of those who have been forced to leave their homes.”
“For these people and the members of the relief services who have helped them, let us pray to the Virgin who is venerated there, Our Lady of the Snows,” he concluded.
Although no personal injury has been recorded, the eruption of the volcano in the Canary Islands It has forced some 6,000 people to evacuate, most of whom are staying at the homes of relatives or friends, while those who had no alternative were temporarily accommodated in a barracks with beds, food and permanent care.
According to the estimates of the European Union Earth observation satellite program, Copernicus, since the beginning of the eruption there are 212 hectares covered by lava and 461 buildings destroyed, as of September 25 at 06:50 UTC.
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