Not even the threat of a storm failed to deter Pope Francis to bring a message of hope to the city of Tacloban on Saturday, giving comfort to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), the country’s worst natural disaster that killed thousands of people in 2013.
A huge crowd warmly welcomed Pope Francis despite the rains brought about by typhoon Amang.
“When I saw from Rome the catastrophe, I felt that I had to be here,” the Pope said in his homily, in Spanish. “And on those very days, I decided to come here. I am here to be with you. A little bit late, I have to say, but I am here.”
“‘Father,’ you might say to me, ‘I was let down because I lost so many things — my house, my livelihood — I have illness.’ It’s true if you would say that and I respect those sentiments,” Pope Francis said, addressing the thousands of Filipino faithful who braved the streets to hear his Mass.
Pope Francis ended his homily by telling the crowd that they are not alone.
“Please know that Jesus never lets you down. Please know that the love and tenderness of Mary never lets you down… Let us move forward, always forward, and walk together as brothers and sisters in the Lord, forward,” the Pope said.
Worshippers, many with tears in their eyes, stood amid puddles in a mud-soaked field as the pope comforted them. Nearly 3,000 victims are buried in the city’s almost half-hectare mass grave site. Hundreds are still unaccounted for.
Watch the complete video of Pope Francis Homily below (courtesy of GMA News and Public Affairs) :