Thursday, 19 November 2020 17:08

Pope Francis sends message of hope to PH typhoon victims

Most Rev. Rex Andrew Alarcon, Bishop of Daet and chairman of CBCP's Episcopal Commission on Youth, expressed his gratitude to His Holiness Pope Francis for remembering and sending his message to the victims of the recent typhoons that had caused severe damage to different provinces in the country, particularly to those in the Bicol Region.

According to Radio Veritas News, Bishop Alarcon said that while financial and material support is urgently needed, the victims also need moral and spiritual support to overcome the desolation that has come to them caused by the typhoons Quinta, Rolly, and Ulysses.

“We are very glad to receive Pope Francis’ expression of closeness and solidarity. It brings hope and assurance of God’s closeness to us, especially to our brothers and sisters who suffer much from the wrath of the recent typhoons. In addition to our material needs, we need the moral and spiritual support to lift our spirits. More than our eyes can see, the moral-spiritual support and bond with the Holy Father and many others, as well as the material support, are a witness to our being Brothers and Sisters, sharing a common humanity,” the Bishop said in an interview with Radio Veritas.

He also explained that Pope Francis’ contribution is a real practice of Fratelli Tutti, the most recent document released by the pontiff,  to give strength to those who are emotionally weakened to rise and start over.

“Ang maramdaman na kasama natin ang Holy Father ay nagbibigay sa atin ng lakas upang pasanin ang krus at bumangon muli. Indeed, we are Fratelli Tutti, tayong lahat magkakapatid! We are very much grateful to the Holy Father. We remember, ‘he arose in haste’ to be personally with the victims of Typhoon Yolanda –braving the bad weather. We felt his closeness and solidarity. Once again, we feel we are not alone. The presence and assurance of a father is very important for the family, esp. the young, the children, and the most vulnerable,” the bishop added.

Diocese of Legazpi Bishop Joel Baylon also expressed his gratitude to His Holiness Pope Francis for his prayers to the Filipino typhoon victims. He said that the message serves as a call to the faithful to take part and to extend help to the needy.

The Bishop hopes that the message of Pope Francis will inspire more people to help in alleviating the difficult situation of the victims.

“Deeply grateful & appreciative of the Holy Father’s expression of solidarity & prayers for our people in the midst of this difficult time! May his oneness & sincere concern inspire in us the same spirit of solidarity to work together with renewed hope in our efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate our respective communities. God bless Pope Francis!” said Bishop Baylon during an interview with Radio Veritas

Super typhoon Rolly, one of the 3 typhoons that recently hit the Bicol Region, was the second Super Typhoon recorded in the Philippines, according to PAG-ASA.  It followed Super Typhoon Yolanda which struck the Eastern Visayas Region last 2013. Both Yolanda and Rolly struck the Philippines in November. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)


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