Cardinal Daniel DiNardo called the damage from Hurricane Harvey “catastrophic and devastating” and he called on American Catholics to pray and to help the victims and their families.
“In solidarity with my brother bishops in this area of the country, I call on people of faith to pray for all of those who have been impacted by this hurricane, and I ask people of goodwill to stand with the victims and their families.
“May God, the Lord of mercy and compassion, protect all who are still in danger and bring to safety those who are missing. May he care in a special way for those who were already homeless, or without support and resources, before this disaster,” the cardinal said.
Although the hurricane has been downgraded to a tropical storm, the National Weather Service said the flooding is catastrophic, unprecedented and expected to continue for days. Up to 50 inches of rain could fall on some parts of Texas.