Pope offers prayers for Agaton’s victims

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MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of the recent floods and landslides in the Philippines caused by Typhoon Agaton as he expressed his solidarity and closeness with them in their most difficult times.

“His Holiness Pope Francis wishes to express his solidarity with all who are suffering as a result of the storm,” Pope Francis said in a telegram dated April 14, signed by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Secretary of State, and addressed at the Apostolic Nunciature Bishop Charles Brown. .

Brown forwarded the letter to the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and Bishop of Caloocan, Pablo Virgilio David.

Pope Francis also said he would pray for the families whose loved ones died because of Agaton, as well as for those who were injured as he offered prayers for those who were “displaced as well as those committed in recovery efforts.

“As a sign of his spiritual closeness, His Holiness willingly invokes upon all the Filipino people God’s blessing of strength and peace,” Parolin said.

For his part, Brown also offered his prayers for the victims of Typhoon Agaton.

Pope Francis has a tender heart for the Filipino people during his visit to the Philippines in January 2015, when he met and dined with victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte while leading a Mass in various places in the Philippines.

‘Do not despair’

The Archbishop of Manila, Cardinal José Advincula, reminded the Catholic faithful not to lose hope and patience amidst all their struggles and suffering caused by many factors – including the COVID-19 pandemic – which has killed thousands of people and led to unemployment in the country.

Advincula said the Catholic faithful will also have their own “third day” or resurrection from all their sufferings, as he pointed out that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reminder of hope when he successfully passed through the darkness of the death for eternal life.

“Jesus has risen to tell you more powerfully than words, do not despair, keep on trusting, keep on hoping, your third day will come too, there is also a resurrection waiting for you,” Advincula said in his Easter message.

Advincula said the life of Jesus Christ did not end with all his suffering and death, as he pointed out that the Catholic Church celebrates the life of Christ after he was resurrected on the third day after his death. to be remembered for his death on Good Friday.

He said that Jesus Christ died on the cross for everyone’s sins.

“This is what Easter Sunday reminds us of, there is always a resurrection – and because Jesus is risen, we have hope. There will always be a third day for us,” he said. declared.

“Wait, because life doesn’t end there. Hindi pa po tapos ang lahat (This is not the end). There will always be a third day, a day of victory, a day of resurrection. Even this pandemic will have its third day, and one day we will all experience resurrection,” he added.

Advincula said people should always continue to be with Jesus Christ in the midst of all their struggles and suffering, while assuring the faithful that the Catholic Church will continue to pray for everyone, especially those going through times. difficult.

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