Fran­cis gives 50,000 eu­ros to help quake-hit Lesvos

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Pope Fran­cis has made of do­na­tion of 50,000 eu­ros to boost re­lief ef­forts on the eastern Aegean is­land of Lesvos, which was struck by a de­struc­tive earth­quake on June 12, Vat­i­can Ra­dio re­ported yes­ter­day. Quot­ing the Apos­tolic Nun­cia­ture of Greece, the re­port said that the pope’s do­na­tion will be used to help the vil­lage of Vrisa, which was prac­ti­cally de­stroyed by the 6.3-Richter tremor that also re­sulted in the death of a 43-year-old woman, who was killed by fall­ing de­bris. “It is an un­ex­pected do­na­tion and con­crete sign of the close­ness and af­fec­tion of Fran­cis for the pop­u­la­tion, which has been deeply tried by the 6.3-mag­ni­tude earth­quake,” Mon­seigneur Mas­simo Cat­terin, charge d’af­faires of the Apos­tolic Nun­cia­ture of Greece, was quoted as say­ing. Pope Fran­cis had vis­ited the is­land of Lesvos in the spring of 2016 to lend his sup­port to thou­sands of refugees and mi­grants trapped on the is­land as well as the lo­cals help­ing them. “There is great recog­ni­tion and ap­pre­ci­a­tion to­ward the pope on Lesvos,” Cat­terin said. “He knows the earth­quake emer­gency adds to the weight of the first emer­gency re­lated to mi­grants.”

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