In an interview aboard Weesam 7 recently, the 59-year old prelate asked for help and prayers from people outside his archdiocese.
Earlier, television audience both in the Philippines and abroad saw the destruction of the Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration in the early morning of Friday, November 8 as winds of 275 kilometers per hour hit Tacloban City and the town of Palo where the metropolitan see is located.
His message to the Filipino communities here and abroad is simple, as he asked everyone to pray and help the distressed people of eastern Visayas where his archdiocese counts four suffragans, the Dioceses of Catarman, Calbayog, Borongan (all in Samar Island) and Naval (Biliran Province).
Severely affected were the Dioceses of Borongan and Naval and the Archdiocese of Palo.
“Please pray for us, the residents of Leyte and Samar, that we may have enough strength to hold on to our faith for us to persevere,” Du told CBCP Online Radio.
He added they all need help as all residents have been affected.
“We cannot even mobilize for food and water and other important concerns,” he added.
The prelate said he’s looking forward to mobilizing enough resources in the Archdiocese of Cebu for him to bring home food, water and other basic requirements.
He said 25% of his 52 parishes have been severely affected but took consolation that all his over a hundred priests and nearly 150 religious men and women from different religious congregations have been accounted for.
“Nobody among us died,” he said.
Asked of his immediate plans to restore the metropolitan cathedral, Du said he and his priests’ top priority is to help the people the best way they could.
“The repair of the metropolitan cathedral will come a little bit later,” he said. (Melo M. Acuna)