Pope Francis, visiting an epicenter of violence during Colombia's guerrilla war, sent his condolences to victims of Mexico's earthquake and Hurricane Irma on Friday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pope Francis, visiting an epicenter of violence during Colombia's guerrilla war, on Friday (September 8) sent his condolences to victims of Mexico's earthquake and Hurricane Irma. At least 32 people were killed after a massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake, one fo the biggest recorded in Mexico, struck off the country's southern coast late on Thursday. Hurricane Irma has left a trail of destruction as it rampaged through the Caribbean as a Category 5 Hurricane. Now a Category 4 storm, it is north of Cuba and on path to strike Florida by the weekend. Francis was celebrating mass in Meta province, a hotbed of paramilitary and rebel violence during the 50-year civil war. Hundreds of thousands of people attended mass to see the pope beatify Pedro Maria Ramirez, a priest who was killed in 1948 during a period of political violence known as "La Violencia," and Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo, killed in 1989 by the National Liberation Army (ELN) for suspected collaboration with the military. Beatification is the last step before sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church. Both were earlier declared martyrs killed in hatred against the faith, meaning no miracles were required for them to reach this stage in the sainthood process.