The Pope offered prayers for the victims of the Philippines’ latest typhoon, “Ulysses”, which flattened several parts of Luzon and Metro Manila, leaving 69 dead and over 1.7 million suffering.
On Twitter, the pontiff wrote: “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.”
He also expressed his support for those who were providing assistance and relief to the victims.
This followed tweeted reports of heavy flooding in Marikina and the provinces of Rizal, Cagayan and Isabela, pushing people to climb to their roofs.
Pope Francis also met with Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the prefect of Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, who is also the head of Caritas Internationalis, an association of Catholic charities across the globe. The organization recently launched a worldwide appeal for help to those affected by calamities.
They also called on the government to seek international aid. Caritas Philippines’ director Fr. Antonio Labiao said: “It is clear we cannot do this alone.”