Pope Francis is offering his blessing and prayers for all those affected by the Fort McMurray fire disaster. The message, contained in a letter to Bishop Paul Terrio of the Diocese of St. Paul, reads in part::

«The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the destruction and distress caused by the extensive fires around Fort McMurray, and he assures you of his prayers for all the displaced, especially the children, who have lost their homes and livelihoods. He asks God to bless civil authorities and those coordinating evacuation and shelter for the homeless, as well as for strength and perseverance for all who are battling the fires. Upon those affected by this ongoing disaster, the Holy Father invokes the Lord's blessing of patience, faith and hope.”

Download the Letter from the Vatican here (PDF)