Pope Francis on December 14, 2017, assured the population of the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines that his prayers are with them.
His remarks came after praying the midday Angelus with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Hundreds are feared dead in the storm that struck the island starting December 22.
“I also wish to assure my prayer to the population of the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines, affected by a storm that has caused numerous victims and destructions,” the Holy Father said. “May the merciful God receive the souls of the deceased and comfort all those suffering because of this calamity. Let us pray for these people.”