Papal prayer for victims of devastating earthquake in Afghanistan (Vatican Press Office)

The June 22 Afghanistan earthquake has killed at least 1,500 people.

“In the past few hours, an earthquake has claimed victims and caused extensive damage in Afghanistan,” Pope Francis said following his general audience. “I express my sympathy to the injured and those affected by the earthquake, and I pray in particular for those who have lost their lives and for their families.”

“I hope that with everyone’s help, the suffering of the dear Afghan people can be alleviated,” he added.

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