President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Issues Letter Following Recent Natural Disasters in Indonesia

October 8, 2018 By Public Affairs Office

WASHINGTON—CardinalDaniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the UnitedStates Conference of Catholic Bishops wrote a letter of solidarity toArchbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, Archbishop of Jakarta in light ofthe recent earthquakes and tsunami in Indonesia. As of recent reports, thosekilled now number over 1,200 and over 50,000 displaced.

The full letter follows:

"May the Lord protect andassuage the grief of those affected by natural disaster in Indonesia.

It is with great sadnessthat I learned of the enormous twin tragedies that struck this past weekend,killing over 800 people on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. Undoubtedlymany are suffering injuries and thousands have been made homeless as theearthquakes and tidal wave devastated homes, schools, churches and otherbuildings. The fact that these natural disasters have come so soon after alarge earthquake struck Lombok Island and surrounding areas in July 2018 meansthat emergency relief efforts have already been put to the test. I am pleasedto learn that Catholic Relief Services in Indonesia, together with CaritasIndonesia, are on hand to assess conditions and provide humanitarian assistanceas quickly as possible.

On behalf of my brotherbishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I want to assureyou of our prayers and expressions of solidarity with the Church in Indonesiain this difficult time. I pray for the victims of these disasters and thesurvivors who are struggling to regain their lives. I join with the Holy Fatherin praying for consolation, healing, and protection for victims and theirfamilies as he said, 'May the Lord console them and sustain the efforts ofthose who are taking part in the relief efforts.'"

Keywords: United StatesConference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Indonesia,Jakarta, earthquake, tsunami, Catholic Relief Services

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