Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” will visit the areas struck by the typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda on 8 November last year, on behalf of Pope Francis, as a gesture of consolation and spiritual closeness to the population, which now faces the task of reconstruction following the damage wrought by this natural disaster, and also to promote the network of assistance which is already active in these areas.
The mission, according to a press release by “Cor
Unum”, will take place from 26 to 31 January, and it will be marked by
three moments of special significance: a meeting with Filipino bishops,
gathered in their Episcopal Conference in those days; an encounter with
the president of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III,
and a visit to the area of Tacloban, which was most severely affected by
In the context of the visit, Cardinal Sarah will
present, in the name of the Holy Father and through “Cor Unum”, a plan
for the new building of an orphanage and a rest home for the elderly.
The building will include, among other things, a small convent for the
nuns, a chapel and a dispensary.
According to recent reports
by Caritas Philippines / Nassa, typhoon Haiyan-Yolanda caused over 5,500
deaths, more than 26,000 injuries, and almost 2,000 missing persons.
Around 3,8 million people, belonging to more than 851,000 families, were
left homeless. In total, 12 million people suffered damage or losses of
various types, in 574 towns and cities, and now there are fears of
As soon as the Holy Father received the news, he
decided to make a first contribution, through “Cor Unum”, of 150,000
dollars in emergency aid for the population, in support of the work
carried out to assist those left homeless or otherwise affected by the
floods, to be added to the funds contributed by the Church as a whole,
the local Churches, parishes throughout the world, the Caritas network,
and other national and diocesan agencies engaged in charitable works.