Source: Vatican News
Pope Francis has prayed for the victims of Typhoon Phanfone which swept across the Philippines on Christmas Day. Before inviting the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square to recite the St Stephen's Day Angelus, he assured them of his own prayers, "for the numerous victims, for the wounded and for their families." After the prayers, Pope Francis said: "I join in the suffering that has struck the dear people of the Philippines due to Typhoon Phanfone,"
Typhoon Phanfone struck central Philippines on Christmas Day, killing at least 13 people. Houses were uprooted and areas popular with tourists for their paradise beaches, were devastated. The number of people missing is still not known, while around 60,000 have been evacuated.
Phanfone struck close to regions hit by Typhoon Haiyan - the most powerful storm ever to make landfall - in 2013.
More than 6,000 people were killed in November that year, making it the Philippines' deadliest typhoon.
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