POPE Francis on Sunday expressed his solidarity and offered prayers for the hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who have been displaced by typhoon Ulysses in different parts of the country.
Speaking during his weekly Angelus address at the Vatican, the Pontiff expressed his camaraderie with Filipinos, whom he visited back in 2015.
“I express my solidarity to the poorest families and those who are doing all they can to help them,” the Pope said in Italian as quoted by CBCP News, the official news agency of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
In a separate statement made over his Twitter account, the Pope said he is one in prayer with the victims of the typhoon.
“I am near in prayer to the dear people of the Philippines, who are suffering because of the destruction and, especially, because of the flooding caused by a strong typhoon,” said the Pontiff (@Pontifex).
According to CBCP News, the message of the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church comes days after he had a private audience with Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who serves as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples at the Vatican.
“The Holy See Press Office announced the meeting in its daily bulletin and gave no further details,” noted CBCP News.
It should be noted that Tagle is also the current President of Caritas International.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Typhoon Ulysses has caused 69 deaths, 21 injuries, and 15 missing persons.
In addition, government data showed that a total of 1,730,458 people have been displaced by massive flooding the typhoon has caused.