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Pope Francis asks for prayers for 'Yolanda' victims

The online news portal of TV5

MANILA -- Pope Francis asked for prayers for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.

“I ask all of you to join me in prayer for the victims of typhoon 'Haiyan' (locally known as 'Yolanda') especially those in the beloved islands of the Philippines,” said the Pontiff in his Twitter account, @Pontifex on Saturday.

On Friday, super typhoon Yolanda battered the Visayas, leaving hundreds of people dead and injuring many others.

On the other hand, the Caritas Manila is asking the public for donations to help the victims of the storm, which is said to be the most powerful storm in recorded history.

“Let us share what we can to help Yolanda victims, give relief goods to Caritas Manila Damayan,” said Fr. Anton Pascual, Caritas Manila, executive director.

The social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila explained that cash donations are used to buy contents for the family emergency relief pack, materials, and medicines for first-aid kits.

Aside from cash, Caritas Manila is also appealing for in-kind donations such as canned goods, beddings, linens, personal care and hygiene products, cleaning materials, among others.

Donors may bring their donations to Caritas Manila office at 2002 Jesus St. Pandacan, Manila; Radyo Veritas in West Avenue-Edsa Quezon City; or the nearest parish.

Cash donations may be deposited at Caritas Manila Inc. Peso Bank Accounts BPI #3063-5357-01, BDO #5600-45905, Unionbank #00-030-001227-5, PNB 10-856-660001-7, Metrobank 175-3-17506954-3.