Pope seeks blessings for Yolanda survivors in Christmas message

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

POPE Francis on Wednesday night (Manila time) sought God's blessings for Filipinos, especially victims of super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

In his Urbi et Orbi Message for Christmas 2013, the Pope also referred to Filipinos as the "beloved people of the Philippines."

"Lord of heaven and earth, look upon our planet, frequently exploited by human greed and rapacity. Help and protect all the victims of natural disasters, especially the beloved people of the Philippines, gravely affected by the recent typhoon," he said.

Yolanda had left more than 6,100 dead after it devastated Visayas and Southern Luzon in November.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis called for true peace, which he said is not a lovely “façade” that conceals conflicts and divisions.

"Peace calls for daily commitment, starting from God’s gift, from the grace which he has given us in Jesus Christ," he said.

The Pope likewise called on God to touch the hearts of those engaged in human trafficking, "that they may realize the gravity of this crime against humanity."

"Look upon the many children who are kidnapped, wounded and killed in armed conflicts, and all those who are robbed of their childhood and forced to become soldiers," he added. (JK/Sunnex)

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