Please continue to pray for the people of West and Assumption Parish in West. They have lost several beloved members of the community and many, many more have lost a portion of or all of their possessions.
On Wednesday evening, April 17, there was a massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Plant in West, Texas which is in the Catholic Diocese of Austin.. Earlier this morning, Pope Francis, through Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, sent a message to Bishop Joe S. Vásquez: "Saddened by the news of the destruction caused by the explosion in West, the Holy Father asks you kindly to convey his heartfelt condolences to the civil authorities and the afflicted families. He prays for the eternal rest of the victims and implores God’s blessings of consolation and peace upon those who mourn and all who generously aid in the continuing work of relief."