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Pope Sends Prayers for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines

He also expressed his closeness to the victims of a hospital fire in Romania.

Pope Francis expressed his solidarity and support to the people of the Philippines who are now suffering the aftermath of the destructive Typhoon Ulysses (international name Typhoon Vamco).

As the death toll rises from the typhoon, it also left massive destruction of homes and livelihood, and submerged many areas in floods in the northern region of the country. (Read: Where to Give Food Donations for Typhoon Ulysses Victims)

Speaking after the Angelus prayer, the Pope said “I express my solidarity with the poorest families who are also the most vulnerable to this calamity,” and he offered his support to all those who are working to help them.

In a span of four weeks, six cyclones have hit the Philippines, including Typhoon Ulysses and 2020’s Super Typhoon, Rolly (international name Goni), which battered the Bicol region. (Read: Typhoon Rolly Wrecks Albay Churches, Bishop Asks For Help)

Dozens of donations and counting are being organized by locals in order to augment the loss of income and livelihood due to the tragedy. Many families are still residing in various evacuation centers because their houses are still submerged in floods or are covered in mud.

(Left) Photo taken by members of the Philippine Coast Guard as they flew over Amulung, Alcala, Lal-lo and Gattaran in Cagayan last Saturday, Nov. 14. (Right) Investigators stand inside the destroyed Covid-19 intensive care ward in Romania last November 14, 2020 (Photos from Department of Transportation – Philippines Facebook / OneNews.PH and TRT World / AP)

Romania Hospital Fire

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has also expressed his closeness to the victims of a tragic fire in a Romanian hospital. COVID-19 patients were being treated there. (Read: Blessed Sacrament Found Intact As Fire Razes Santo Niño Church in Manila)

“I express my closeness and pray for the victims,” he said, asking those present to join him in prayer.

The fire in northeastern Romania killed 10 people and injured 10 others. According to officials, the fire spread through the intensive care ward that houses COVID-19 patients. 

Romania has registered over 350,000 infections and almost 9,000 deaths. It is among the 20 countries with the highest mortality rate in the world.

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