Pope prays for victims of Hurricane Sandy

Pope also prayed that Catholic university rectors would be reinforced in their 'sense of belonging to the Church."

"Conscious of the devastation caused by the hurricane which recently struck the East Coast of the United States of America, I offer my prayers for the victims and express my solidarity with all those engaged in the work of rebuilding", said Pope Benedict at the end of a public appearance on October 31 in Rome. Turning then to address Polish pilgrims, the pontiff noted that, "in the context of the month of the Rosary which is now coming to an end, and of All Saints' Day which we will celebrate tomorrow, let us thank God for the Year of Faith, and for the Synod of Bishops with the guidance it has given us vis-a-vis the new evangelisation".

Finally, the Pope greeted the leaders of various Catholic universities, currently meeting in Rome, He expressed the hope that their pilgrimage to the tombs of the Apostles would reinforce their "sense of belonging to the Church".

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