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Pope prays for those affected by La Palma volcano

Pope Francis on Sunday (September 26) expressed his closeness and solidarity to the people affected by the volcanic eruption in Spain’s La Palma.

The volcano, which began erupting last Sunday (September 19), has spewed out thousands of tons of lava, destroyed hundreds of houses and forced the evacuation of nearly 6,000 people.

La Palma, with a population of over 83,000, is one of an archipelago making up the Canary Islands in the Atlantic.

No fatalities or serious injuries have been reported in the volcano’s eruption, but about 15% of the island’s economically crucial banana crop could be at risk, jeopardising thousands of jobs.

(Production: Oriana Boselli)

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