Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the Nepal earthquake. We still don’t know the full extent of the loss of life, and we can only imagine how many thousands are desperately waiting for food, water, shelter and medical aid.
Please know that the local Church – a small but compassionate minority in this poor Hindu country – is depending on the support of Catholics worldwide to aid survivors and rebuild what was lost. Pope Francis himself has led the way by sending aid from the Vatican and offering a prayer during his Regina Caeli address:
“I wish to express my closeness to the populations struck by a powerful earthquake in Nepal and in neighboring countries. I pray for the victims, for the wounded, and for all those who suffer because of this calamity. May they be sustained by fraternal solidarity.”
At present, Cross Catholic Outreach has already secured Emergency Health Kits for airlift directly into Nepal. Just one of these life-saving kits enables medical workers on the ground to treat 10,000 patients for 90 days. We will also continue to reach out to donors and partners to hopefully do even more.
May God guide the hands and feet of the rescue workers to be his instruments of mercy to the many survivors still trapped amid the debris and desolation.