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Pope donates US$50,000 for Tainan quake relief

2016/02/22 21:25:28

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Taipei, Feb. 22 (CNA) Pope Francis has donated US$50,000 for the victims of the recent earthquake in Tainan, southern Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The donation was given to the Chinese Regional Bishops Conference through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, the ministry said.

The pope extended his condolences to those affected by the earthquake that toppled at least 10 buildings in Tainan after hitting the southern city in the early hours of Feb. 6 as the country prepared to celebrate Chinese New Year.

"The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the suffering caused by the deadly earthquake that struck Tainan, leaving many people dead or seriously injured," according to a message sent by the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin on behalf of the pope.

The pope extended his "prayerful condolences to the families of the deceased and injured," and to the "rescue personnel and civil authorities," according to the message.

"His Holiness, commending the souls of the departed to the tender mercy of God, invokes abundant divine blessings of consolation and strength upon those who mourn and upon all who have been affected by this tragedy," it states.

A total of 117 people in Tainan died in the magnitude 6.4 earthquake, including 115 victims in a single apartment complex located in the city's Yongkang District.

(By Tai Ya-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)