Typhoon Haiyan survivors eager for papal visit
Archbishop John Du of Palo said Catholics are getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the pope.
Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Eastern Visayas eagerly await Pope Francis’ visit scheduled for early next year, Archbishop John Du of Palo said.
The prelate said Catholics are getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to see the pope.
“The pope’s visit is another big blessing. We are happy for the blessing that come to us – the pope is coming, the people’s solidarity and the overwhelming generosity of the people,” Archbishop Du said.
He said the papal visit would certainly boost the morale of survivors of Haiyan, especially those who are struggling to rebuild their lives.
“Slowly, we are recovering and we are restoring the houses that were destroyed. The repair of Palo’s cathedral is almost done. We are really prepared for the coming of the pope,” said Archbishop Du.
The archbishop also said help from various dioceses and foreign Catholic organizations make God’s love visible to the survivors.
“From the very start, I thought of what to do and where to start and where I could get resources. Now, I could see the God’s hands area really visible. The love of God is very concrete in this event that happened in our lives,” he added.
The region is home to a large Catholic population, which was devastated by the super typhoon that claimed thousands of lives and brought about P89 billion worth in damages.
Archbishop Du said in the archdiocese of Palo alone, 70 out its 76 parishes were totally destroyed by Haiyan.
In the Diocese of Borongan in Eastern Samar, Bishop Crispin Varquez said around 15 parishes were affected by the typhoon.