People in Salinas, Puerto Rico, wade through water on a flooded street Sept. 19, 2022, in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. (CNS photo/Ricardo Arduengo, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY | As Hurricane Fiona swept across the Caribbean, leaving behind numerous victims and material destruction, Pope Francis called for greater solidarity in assisting all those affected.

In separate telegrams sent to the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Puerto Rico and of the Dominican Republic Sept. 21, the pope assured them of his prayers, asking that God would offer his consolation to those suffering as a result of the natural disaster.

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