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Pope Francis shares grief of Leyte landslides, flood victims

Pope Francis shares grief of Leyte landslides, flood victims

Rescue workers carry a bag containing the body of landslide victim that slammed the village of Kantagnos in Baybay town, Leyte province, April 13, 2022. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD – BAYBAY

By CBCP News

April 15, 2022

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis has offered his prayers for the victims, their families, and the thousands affected by the flooding and landslides in the Philippines.

In an April 14 telegram, the pope conveyed his solidarity “with all those suffering” in the wake of tropical storm “Agaton”.

Signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the telegram was addressed to Archbishop Charles Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.

The letter was then relayed by Archbishop Brown to Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

“He (pope) also offers the assurance of prayers for the dead, injured, and displaced as well as those engaged in recovery efforts,” Parolin wrote.

“As a sign of spiritual closeness, His Holiness willingly invokes upon all the Filipino people God’s blessings of strength and peace,” he added.

The death toll from landslides and flooding rose to 148 on Thursday, with the most fatalities recorded in the towns of Baybay and Abuyog in Leyte province.

Dozens more were reported missing and feared dead.

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