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Turn to God for answers after typhoon, Pope urges Filipino pilgrims

November 22, 2013

Pope Francis suggested that the people of the Philippines, ravaged by Typhoon Haiyan, should ask God: “Why?”

By turning to God with child-like simplicity, the Pope said, “you will attract toward you the tenderness of the Father of Heaven.”

The Pope offered this suggestion to a group of pilgrims from the Philippines on November 22 as he blessed a mosaic of St. Pedro Calungsod, in the Vatican basilica. The Filipino saint was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI.

Before the blessing of the mosaic, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila had celebrated Mass for the pilgrims, observing that after the storm “we have seen how faith rises from the ruins.”


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