Pope Francis prays
for ‘Yolanda’ victims
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis prayed yesterday for the victims of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines at a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a mosaic image of the country's youngest saint in St. Peter's Basilica.
The ceremony was attended by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, who helped coordinate aid efforts after the storm, which left around 5,500 people dead or missing and 4.4 million homeless.
“I have been close to your people, I have seen how great the pain has been but also how strong the people have been," Francis said in an improvised speech. "Faith emerged from the ruins, it came from solidarity in the moment of hardship," he added.