Pope Francis prays for ‘Ursula’ victims

POPE Francis offered prayers for the victims of typhoon Ursula (international name: Phanfone), which hit central Philippines, including the northern parts of Cebu, on Dec. 24-25, 2019.

Speaking at the end of his Angelus address at the St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, the pontiff said he is one with the Filipinos in praying for the victims of the typhoon, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) reported in its official news website.

“I join in the pain that hit the dear population of the Philippines because of the typhoon Phanfone,” Pope Francis said on Thursday, Dec. 26.

He further said, “I pray for the numerous victims, for the injured, and for their families.”

Pope Francis capped his message by inviting the 25,000 people present to pray a “Hail Mary (Ave Maria)“for the Filipino people, “whom I love so much.”

At least 28 people were killed after typhoon Ursula swept through central Philippines on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

In all, the typhoon affected 185,168 persons, including over 58,000 people who needed to be evacuated.

The typhoon affected the same areas that were devastated by super typhoon Yolanda in November 2013. (HDT of SunStar Philippines)