Pope Francis’ message to Yolanda survivors during his Holy Mass at Tacloban airport grounds moved Leyteños to tears.
The Holiness spoke from the heart and showed that he felt the anguish and pain of the victims. He has fulfilled his purpose in visiting the province by consoling and comforting the Yolanda survivors who have yet to recover from the said calamity.
“When I saw from Rome the catastrophe, I felt that I had to be here and on those very days I decided to come here,” Pope Francis said during his homily.
The pontiff acknowledged that he is lost for words to comfort those in pain and would rather walk with them with “a silent heart.”
“So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you. Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silent. And I walk with you all with my silent heart,” the pope said while adding that the Lord never let his children down.
With the simple yet compassionate homily of the Catholic leader, Yolanda survivors believed that what he said is more than enough.
“I feel his emotions, his heart for the victims. He said all the right words, even in silence, to heal our wounds. We are very thankful that he is here to be one with us after those trying times,” an elementary teacher said.
Other pilgrims also feel contented and blessed when they hear his message. His arrival, according to them, paid off the long wait and is worth the difficulties they have to bear just to hear the gospel and see the pope.
Moreover, even public officials were moved with the presence of Pope Francis in Leyte.
“I am thanking Pope Francis for inspiring us and for being one with us in our continuing effort to rebuild our lives. His message that Jesus is with us through every step of the way makes us feel a lot better,” Nico Villasin, Board Member of the 2nd District of Leyte, said.
Meanwhile, Leyte Vice-Governor Carlo P. Loreto said that Leyteños are truly blessed to have Pope Francis in the province.
“He reminded us of God’s oneness with us in our hardships. We heard once more the sacred call from heaven for us to come together in peace and love,” Loreto added.
Pope Francis arrived in Tacloban City on January 17 and despite a stormy weather that cut short his stay in Leyte, he was able to fulfill his activities. He conducted the holy mass in Tacloban airport wearing a yellow raincoat before rain-soaked crowds.