Pope Francis: heartfelt solidarity with those affected by Philippines typhoon
Pope Francis today ordered that a telegram of condolence be sent to the President of the Philippines, expressing his solidarity with those affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Philippine Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, who had been in Tacloban, where the storm hit, since before the typhoon struck the city, told Reuters: "From a helicopter, you can see the extent of devastation. From the shore and moving a kilometer inland, there are no structures standing. It was like a tsunami. I don't know how to describe what I saw. It's horrific."
Benigno Aquino III
President of the Republic of the Philippines
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.
Archbishop Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State
(Vatican Press Office)
Pope Francis also prayed for the victims of the typhoon after the Sunday Angelus in St Peter’s Square.
During the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis focused on Sunday’s Gospel reading, in which Jesus tackled the Sadducees, those who denied that there could be a resurrection, Vatican Radio reports.
The Sadducees, Pope Francis said, put the following question to Jesus, in an attempt to ridicule the belief in resurrection: “A woman has had seven husbands, who died one after the other. Now at the resurrection, whose wife will that woman be?”
But then, Pope Francis continued, Jesus counterattacks, so to speak: He finds proof of the resurrection in the episode of Moses and the burning bush, where God reveals himself as the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob.
Therefore, Pope Francis explained, what will happen is exactly the opposite of what the Sadducees expected.
"Think nothing else but that God ordains all, and where there is no love, put love, and you will draw love out." --St. John of the Cross