“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,” said a statement released on behalf of the pope by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, secretary of state in Ottawa, to Fort McMurray’s Diocese of St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio.
“ He asks God to bless civil authorities and those co-ordinating 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.”
Archbishop Martin Currie of the Archdiocese of St. John’s urged parishioners to donate to the Canadian Red Cross and said any money donated to the parishes would be forwarded to the Red Cross, as that organization is having its funds matched by the Government of Canada.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has also encouraged Catholic parishioners to donate to the Red Cross.