Catholic leaders in Greece urged their country to learn lessons from the worst wildfires in a century, which left at least 91 people dead and more than 500 injured.
“Help and support have come from all over Greece and Europe in wake of this tragedy, and I think we’ll recover,” said Archbishop Nikolaos Printezis of Naxos, Greece, general secretary of the Greek bishops’ conference.
“But there are still many dangers, and we need real steps to prevent such disasters from recurring. Our government, churches and people at large must learn the lessons,” he said.
Rescue crews continued searching burned-out rubble on the outskirts of Athens for missing people, after multiple fires, fanned by high winds, destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses.
The archbishop said the crisis had occurred when hopes were rising of improved conditions, following a June deal to end a £208 billion international bailout stemming from Greece’s eight-year economic crisis.
“Several Catholic families have also lost homes and possessions, and our dioceses have all held requiem Masses for the victims,” Archbishop Printezis said.
Picture: Wildfire at the area of Penteli at the region of Athens. (Giorgos Zachos/Zuma Press/PA).