Pope Francis calls for prayers for ‘Yolanda’ victims

Poe Francis used the microblogging site Twitter to express his solidarity to Filipinos who’ve been affected by super typhoon Yolanda (international code name Haiyan). ”I ask all of you to join me in prayer for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda especially those in the beloved islands of the Philippines,” the Holy Pontiff wrote Saturday night (Manila time).  The tweet has been shared 17,000 and has been “favorited” by nearly 7,000 users.

Pope Francis to Filipinos - Typhoon Yolanda

Pope Francis expresses solidarity with Filipinos in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda’s devastation

What happened in Visayas, particularly in Leyte, because of Yolanda is all over the news. As much as I fear it, I can sense that we are only seeing the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
So many areas remain inaccessible, particularly in hard-to-reach islands like Romblon (where my family came from), Mindoro, and Masbate. The government is now estimating that as much as 1,200 people may have been killed by the storm.

The Hoy Father is expected to visit the Philippines in early 2016 for the International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Cebu City,

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Mark Madrona

Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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