At the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis expressed his sorrow and solidarity with all those who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon hit the Philippines on Friday and took the lives of as many as 10,000 people – with thousands of others affected in the typhoon’s aftermath.
In his Angelus message, Pope Francis said:
“I want to assure the people of the Philippines and of that region who were struck by the terrible typhoon of my closeness. Unfortunately, the victims were many and the damage enormous … Let us pray a moment in silence, to the Madonna, for these our brothers and sisters.”
Pope Francis also encouraged all Catholics to offer practical help to those affected by the disaster.