Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict said his prayers were with the population of Chile and victims of its massive earthquake, for relief and courage.
"I pray for the victims and am spiritually close to the people tested by such a grave calamity; for these I implore from God relief from the suffering and courage in this adversity," the Holy Father said at St. Peter's Square, according to the Catholic News Agency.
He assured victims of the support from the Church. "I'm sure that there will be no lack of solidarity of many, especially ecclesial organisations."
Chile was hit by an 8.8 magnitude earthquake very early on Saturday morning, at a strength 500 times that of the January earthquake in Haiti, ABC News reports.
At least 214 deaths have been confirmed and the government estimates millions of people are without homes.
Pope Benedict prays for Chilean earthquake victims (Catholic News Agency)