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Pope Francis Asks for Silence, Offers Prayers for Volunteer Who Died After Tacloban Papal Mass

Pope Francis Asks for Silence, Offers Prayers for Volunteer Who Died After Tacloban Papal Mass
Pope Francis Asks for Silence, Offers Prayers for Volunteer Who Died After Tacloban Papal Mass © Reuters

Pope Francis on Sunday offered prayers for Kristel Mae Padasas, the 27-year old Filipina who died on Saturday after a papal Mass in Tacloban City after being hit by a sound box after a scaffolding collapsed according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

“I would like all of you, young people like her, to offer a moment in silence with me… then we pray to our Lady in heaven,” Pope Francis said through an interpreter at the start of his message during his encounter with the youth at the University of Sto. Tomas in Manila.

The Pope said Kristel worked for Catholic Relief Services. He asked the youth to pray for her parents, noting she was their only daughter.

“Her mom is coming from Hong Kong and her father has come to Manila,” he said.

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