Pope rallies Catholics to help PH
by FFE Entertainment News staff
During Sunday’s Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican, Pope Francis asked an audience of pilgrims, tourists and Romans to offer their prayers to those suffering from the super typhoon in Visayas.
Earlier on Saturday, the pope sent a tweet calling all his followers to pray for all of those affected by typhoon Yolanda:
He also asked his Sunday crowd to provide ‘concrete aid’ to ‘our brothers and sisters’ who have become homeless in the aftermath of the typhoon. Around 60,000 people were gathered in St Peter’s Square to receive the pope’s blessings during the traditional Sunday mass.
During his sermon, the pope said ‘Sadly, there are many, many victims and the damage is huge. Let’s try to provide concrete help.’
Secretary of State Pietro Parolin delivered the pope’s message to President Benigno Aquino, saying the pope was ‘deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon (and) expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this storm and its aftermath.
‘He is especially mindful of those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and of those who have lost their homes.
‘In praying for all the people of the Philippines, the Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of this storm.’
The pope renewed his solidarity with the country that has the biggest number of Catholics in Asia. Filipinos are also one of the largest immigrant communities in Rome.