Letter of Solidarity from U.S. Bishops Conference President Regarding Devastating Wildfires in Australia


January 8, 2020 
Most Reverend Mark Coleridge BA DSS
Archbishop of Brisbane
President Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
A.C.T. 63 Currong Street
Canberra 2601 Australia
Your Excellency: 
Along with my brother bishops here in the United States, I have been following reports of the devastating wildfires in your country with sorrow and deep concern. Please know that we are praying for you and your people in these difficult days.  
We pray in solidarity with you for those who have lost their lives and livelihoods and we pray for those whose homes and lives are still threatened. We pray for the heroic firefighters and first responders and for all those working to provide relief and comfort to victims. May God in his mercy be near to all of you, and may he bring a swift end to these terrible fires and begin healing the wounds and restoring what has been lost.  
            On behalf of my brother bishops, I entrust you and your people to the tender care of Our Blessed Mother Mary and I pray that our good God may grant you peace.  
Fraternally yours in Christ,  

Most Reverend José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles  President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 
Cc:     Rev. Dr. Stephen P. Hackett, MSC General Secretary Australian Catholic Bishops Conference