Spanish diocese provides shelter for those evacuated due to fire

Blanca Ruiz   By Blanca Ruiz for CNA

Ringo Chiu/Shutterstock.

Avila, Spain, Aug 16, 2021 / 18:25 pm (CNA).

The Diocese of Avila is providing shelter at its retreat house and school for local residents evacuated due to a fire that started Saturday and so far has devastated more than 29,000 acres.

A fire broke out Aug. 14 between the villages of Navalcruz and Cepeda de la Mora in Spain’s Ávila province. The fire began when a vehicle caught on fire. Its progress ahs slowed, but it is not yet under control.

The Bishop José María Gil Tamayo of Avila offered the facilities to the local authorities and currently 80 people are housed in both buildings, including firefighters battling the blaze and area residents.

Bishop Gil asked for prayers for the prompt containment of the fire, “which is causing so much damage and suffering” and has necessitated the evacuation of more than 1,000 people.

The patroness of the Amblés Valley, an area where fire is concentrated, is Our Lady of Sonsoles, and given the seriousness of the situation there Bishop Gil asked that a statue of the Virgin be brought outdoors from her shrine to invoke her intercession “so that the fires that are devastating our province can be controlled and our neighbors protected.”

If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Thank you for your generosity!

Click here for more information on donating to CWR. Click here to sign up for our newsletter.

About Catholic News Agency 6044 Articles
Catholic News Agency (

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. While vigorous debate is welcome and encouraged, please note that in the interest of maintaining a civilized and helpful level of discussion, comments containing obscene language or personal attacks—or those that are deemed by the editors to be needlessly combative or inflammatory—will not be published. Thank you.