At 5:50 a.m. on April 22, the Calbuco volcano, located in the Los Lagos Region of Chile, erupted after lying dormant for 43 years. The authorities declared a red alert in a 12-mile zone from the volcano since the ongoing eruption entails “great danger for the population.” At 1 a.m. the following day, a second eruption began, rising nine miles into the sky.
Facing devastation from the unexpected eruption of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile, Archbishop Cristian Caro of Puerto Montt, one of the areas at risk, reminded the faithful not to lose hope, reports Catholic News Agency.
Archbishop Caro quoted from the Psalms: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” He sent this message to the local radio station.
Even in this time, while Chile faces natural disasters, the archbishop re-insures people of their faith in God. The archbishop stated that “sometimes life hits us with situations like these – suffering, darkness, uncertainty…and at that moment we have to renew our trust in God, even though we walk through dark valleys we should fear nothing because the Lord goes with us.
He himself has gone out asking for help. People have become homeless as areas were evacuated in wake of the volcanic eruption. The archbishop continues to pray for his nations.
This is a time when even phones can not be answered and those who have been kept in the Carmelite monastery for the time being are making use of only available answering machine to send voice messages saying ‘Thank you. God Bless you.’ To any help they receive.