Vatican City, 11 November 2013 (VIS) – Archbishop Pietro Parolin, secretary of State, sent a telegram on behalf of the Holy Father to Benigno Aquino III, president of the Philippines, with regard to the typhoon Haiyan which has devastated various regions, claiming hundreds of victims and causing widespread destruction of dwellings and crops.
“Deeply saddened by the destruction and loss of life caused by the super typhoon, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses his heartfelt solidarity with all those affected by this storm and its aftermath. He is especially mindful of those who mourn the loss of their loved ones and of those who have lost their homes. In praying for all the people of the Philippines, the Holy Father likewise offers encouragement to the civil authorities and emergency personnel as they assist the victims of this storm. He invokes divine blessings of strength and consolation for the nation”.