An Irish missionary priest in Pakistan said the “sheer scale” of the flooding disaster is “hard to comprehend” and “the misery of people, camped on the side of the road with their meager belongings, is heart-breaking to see.”
Puerto Rico's archbishop said he has not been in contact with all his priests since Hurricane Fiona knocked out power to the island, and he expressed concern for the hurricane's impact on the southern and western parts of the island.
The year 2021 was an outlier in many respects. Much of the year was characterized by halting steps to return to something resembling normality following the global health emergency declared in 2020 over the coronavirus pandemic.
As war, violence and extremism in countries around the world threaten the lives of countless men, women and children, religions must rise above differences and be examples of peace and harmony, Pope Francis said.