Pope Francis prays for PH typhoon victims

Published December 27, 2019, 8:28 AM

by Dr. Eduardo Gonzales

By Christina Hermoso 

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of typhoon “Ursula” that hit the Visayas on Christmas Day leaving at least 16 people dead and more than 2,000 people affected.

US bishops have approved a change to Church law on reporting sex abuse first announced by Pope Francis in May 2019 (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE / MANILA BULLETIN)
 (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“I join in the pain that hit the dear population of the Philippines because of the typhoon ‘Phanfone’,” the Pontiff said on Dec. 26, at the end of his Angelus address, said a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines News post.

Typhoon “Ursula” (international name “Phanfone”) first struck the Eastern Samar province as a Category 1 hurricane Dec. 24, continuing across the islands of the Eastern Visayas region into southern Luzon and Western Visayas on Dec. 25. The typhoon caused massive flooding and extensive damages to homes and other structures.

Pope Francis invited the 25,000 pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square to pray a Hail Mary for the Filipino people, “whom I love so much. I pray for the numerous victims, for the injured and for their families,” he said.

In his message, The Holy Father wished the  pilgrims the “joy of Christmas that fills our hearts even today that it would arouse in everyone the desire to contemplate Jesus in the cave of the manger, to then serve Him and love Him in our brothers, especially the most needy.’

Read more: ‘Ursula’ kills at least 25; devastates Eastern Visayas, Panay Island

 
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Pope Francis prays for PH typhoon victims

Published December 27, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Christina Hermoso 

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of typhoon “Ursula” that hit the Visayas on Christmas Day leaving at least 16 people dead and more than 2,000 people affected.

US bishops have approved a change to Church law on reporting sex abuse first announced by Pope Francis in May 2019 (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE / MANILA BULLETIN)
 (AFP Photo/Filippo MONTEFORTE / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

“I join in the pain that hit the dear population of the Philippines because of the typhoon ‘Phanfone’,” the Pontiff said on Dec. 26, at the end of his Angelus address, said a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines News post.

Typhoon “Ursula” (international name “Phanfone”) first struck the Eastern Samar province as a Category 1 hurricane Dec. 24, continuing across the islands of the Eastern Visayas region into southern Luzon and Western Visayas on Dec. 25. The typhoon caused massive flooding and extensive damages to homes and other structures.

Pope Francis invited the 25,000 pilgrims present in St. Peter’s Square to pray a Hail Mary for the Filipino people, “whom I love so much. I pray for the numerous victims, for the injured and for their families,” he said.

In his message, The Holy Father wished the  pilgrims the “joy of Christmas that fills our hearts even today that it would arouse in everyone the desire to contemplate Jesus in the cave of the manger, to then serve Him and love Him in our brothers, especially the most needy.’

Read more: ‘Ursula’ kills at least 25; devastates Eastern Visayas, Panay Island

 
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