VATICAN: Pope Francis sends a telegram to the President of Philippines; expressing unity with the Typhoon struck Filipinos.
Pope Francis has sent a telegram of commiseration to the President of the Philippines, expressing his solidarity with those affected by Typhoon Haiyan and his concern for the catastrophe struck people. Haiyan one of the nastiest on record thus far, is said to have exterminated as many as 10,000 on Leyte island, which bore the brunt of the storm.
The text of Pope Francis’ telegram, signed by Archbishop Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State is as below:
“Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis 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. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the Nation.”
Meanwhile, Pope Francis also prayed for the sufferers of the typhoon after the Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square. Initially, he called for silent prayer, afterwards led the congregation in a recitation of the Hail Mary. What’s more, he urged all to extend a helping hand to their brothers and sisters in the Philippines in substance on top of through prayer.
While the bemused survivors of a powerful typhoon that swept through the central Philippines, killing more than 10,000 people have now been rendered helpless. The survivors are now asking for help as they scavenge for food, water and medicine.
President of Philippines Benigno Aquino, on the other hand deployed hundreds of soldiers in the coastal city of Tacloban the disaster struck area to repress prowling. Whereas, reports from one of the affected areas have portrayed appalling scenes of devastation nonetheless, there are some areas that have not been reached by rescue workers or the armed forces thus far. The United Nations said,”Officials in Tacloban, which bore the brunt of the storm on Friday, had reported one mass grave of 300-500 bodies. “More than 800,000 people were displaced by the storm across the country and some have no access to food, water, or medicine,” the U.N. says.