PALO, Leyte, August 3, 2014—In spite of the trauma they had been through, survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” welcome with much excitement the official announcement of Pope Francis’ approaching visit to the Philippines from January 15-19, 2015, which includes the disaster-hit areas in the itinerary.
“The people here keep saying they’re very much inspired and they look forward to the Pope’s bringing his message of
joy and hope,” Archdiocese of Palo spokesperson Fr. Amadeo Alvero said over the Church-run Radyo Veritas.
The priest emphasized the rare opportunity to have a personal encounter with the charismatic pontiff means so much to the survivors as they continue to rebuild their lives after the devastation wrought by typhoon Yolanda.
Alvero is confident that the Pope’s mere presence will inspire and raise the morale of thousands affected by the calamity.
He shared that the Holy Father’s willingness to be one with the survivors will renew their faith in God and their commitment to rise up from the challenges of typhoon Yolanda. (Raymond A. Sebastián)