Pope prays for hurricane victims

September 21, 2008 6:50:11 AM PDT
Pope Benedict XVI says he is offering special prayers for people suffering in the wake of hurricanes that hit Haiti, Cuba and other Caribbean countries. ROAD TO RECOVERY: Breaking news on Ike | POD locations | Person locator | Local gas station report | Hurricane guide | Viewer photos of Ike | Latest power numbers

The pope also recalled the populations of Texas and other southern U.S. states battered by hurricanes earlier this month.

Benedict told pilgrims at his Castel Gandolfo summer retreat on Sunday that he hopes that help quickly reaches damaged areas, and that solidarity and brotherhood prevail.

A series of hurricanes and tropical storms damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and claimed several hundred lives in the Caribbean, including Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

In Texas, Hurricane Ike left hundreds of people homeless.

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