Pope Francis prays for typhoon victims in the Philippines

(Pope Francis in Vatican. Pixabay, Creative Commons)

NEWS - Pope Francis prayed for the victims of typhoons in the Philippines and Vietnam, while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“May the King of Heaven protect all victims of natural disasters in Southeast Asia, especially in the Philippines and Vietnam, where numerous storms have caused flooding, with devastating repercussions on families in terms of loss of life, harm to the environment and consequences for local economies, ”Pope Francis prayed in his traditional Christmas Day Urbi et Orbi speech in Vatican City.


He also added in his Urbi et Orbi on Friday, for "a spirit of international cooperation" among government leaders, "starting with health care, so that all will be ensured an access to vaccines and treatment."

"May the Child of Bethlehem help us, then, to be generous, supportive, and helpful, especially towards those who are vulnerable – the sick, those unemployed or experiencing hardship due to the economic effects of the pandemic, and women who have suffered domestic violence during these months of lockdown," Pope Francis continued.


"In the face of a challenge that knows no borders, we cannot erect walls. All of us are in the same boat. Every other person is my brother or my sister, and everyone I see reflects the face of God." 

The Pope appealed to the leaders of various countries to work together in proving COVID-19 vaccine to those in need. iTacloban

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