Pope Francis on Sunday, November 15, offered prayers for the victims of devastation caused by Typhoon Ulysses in the Philippines that left at least 69 people dead and affected around 1.7 million others.
In his official Twitter account @Pontifex, the 83-year-old pontiff also expressed his solidarity with the Filipino people, particularly those less fortunate.
The Pope said, “I am near in prayer to the dear people of the #Philippines who are suffering because of the destruction, and especially because of the flooding caused by a strong #typhoon. I express my solidarity to the poorest families and those who are doing all they can to help them.”
The pope posted the tweet amid reports of heavy flooding triggered by Ulysses.
The Church social action arm, Caritas Philippines, earlier launched a global appeal to aid those affected by the calamities. It also called on the government to seek international aid, saying the country cannot do it alone.