Pope Francis leads prayer for those affected by typhoon

Message from Pope asking Twitter users to join him in prayer re-tweeted 30,000 times

Two boys look at the devastation left by typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

Two boys look at the devastation left by typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

 

Pope Francis yesterday led prayers for those affected by the typhoon that killed at least 10,000 people in the Philippines. “I wish to express my closeness to the people of the Philippines and of that region. Unfortunately there are many victims and the damage is enormous. We pray now in silence . . . for our brothers and sisters, and we will seek to also send concrete help,” Francis told thousands of pilgrims after his weekly Angelus from his window over St Peter’s Square.

A message from the Pope asking Twitter users to join him in prayer for the victims of typhoon Haiyan was re-tweeted almost 30,000 times.

In a message to Philippine president Benigno Aquino, the Vatican’s secretary of state Archbishop Pietro Parolin passed on “heart-felt solidarity” from Pope Francis.

“The Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of the storm. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the nation,” the message read.– (Reuters)