Pope Francis prays for earthquake victims
The Pope called on believers "to pray for that dear nation, which has recently undergone several disasters." The deadly earthquake affected more than three million people in eight cities and 52 towns.
Father Edwin A Gariguez, the executive secretary of the National Secretariat for Social Action, Justice and Peace (NASSA) of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines expressed gratitude to Pope Francis, who after Sunday's Angelus expressed his "closeness to the people of the Philippines."
The Pope called on believers "to pray for that dear nation, which has recently undergone several disasters."
The powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the central Philippines on October 15 has killed 186 so far, but that number could top 200. Many buildings suffered serious damage, including many old churches dating back to the Spanish colonial era that are part of the country's most important architectural heritage.
The deadly earthquake affected more than three million people in eight cities and 52 towns. Damages are estimated at $18.5 million, including 39 bridges, 18 main roads and 45,641 houses.
"The Pope’s words of concern and solidarity encourage us to work together even more in order to help those in need," Father Gariguez said.
He is NASSA executive secretary and also coordinator for relief operationsin co-operation with Caritas Internationalis. Scores of Catholic volunteers have been involved in emergency work.