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Vatican admires resolute Filipino spirit, Pope’s Twitter manager says

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MANILA, Nov. 21, 2013—A representative from the Vatican expressed admiration for the indomitable spirit of the Filipino people amid the devastation caused by typhoon Yolanda. 

Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications said that the Vatican witnessed the extraordinary generosity, care and consideration of the Filipinos, not only their solidarity. 

“They (Yolanda victims) used their own resources and we want to boost your confidence. We pray for you at this time, we offer you our support and assistance that we can,” said Tighe who will be the keynote speaker to the 2nd Catholic Social Media Summit to be held on November 23 to 24 at the Colegio de San Juan de Letran in Manila. 

He added that through social media, they were immediately informed on the situation of the country and how they could help and support the victims. 

“Everybody in the world knows about the Philippines through social media. It allows the people to speak for themselves and tell their stories and to let the whole world know what help they could give,” said Tighe, who is part of the team that manages the Holy Father’s Twitter account @Pontifex. 

Tighe added that the entire Catholic Church around the globe is organizing its support to Yolanda victims. 

“People there [in the Vatican] are very conscious [of what happened] not only in Rome but in Church globally.  There’s a sense of solidarity. Everybody is concerned about the Philippines, and [to know] what they can do to help,” he said. 

“Show them through new media what you are doing and maybe they can support and help you,” Tighe furthered. 

The priest also conveyed the Holy Father’s assurance of support for the Filipino people.  (Yen Ocampo)


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