Holy Father Pope Francis at his weekly General Audience expressed his closeness to all the victims of Mexico earthquake that hit the country on 19th September, 2017. His Holiness also remembered the rescue workers who are involved in helping those affected in the country and invoked the Our Lady of Guadalupe, so dear to the nation.

As reported by Vatican radio, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “Here among you (in St. Peter’s Square), there are many Mexicans; the earthquake has caused casualties and material damage and in this moment of pain I express my closeness to the whole Mexican population.” Further, His Holiness added, “I ask Almighty God to welcome all those who lost their lives.”

The magnitude 7.1 quake is considered and noted as the deadliest to hit the nation since 1985, causing violent, prolonged shaking, which flattened buildings and sent masonry tumbling onto streets, crushing cars and people in the capital city, leaving more than 200 people dead.