Pope Francis Prays With Typhoon Survivors: “We are not going to weaken in our faith, because Jesus has been there before us.”

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Pope Francis points at the statue of Jesus during his speech as he celebrates a Mass in Tacloban, Philippines, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. A rain-drenched but lively crowd wearing yellow and white raincoats welcomed Pope Francis in the typhoon-ravage central Philippine city of Tacloban early Saturday, chanting “Papa Francesco, Viva il Papa!” AP/Alessandra Tarantino

By Camille Diola (philstar.com) |

MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis pushed through with the Holy Mass celebrated with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims and typhoon survivors in Tacloban City on Saturday despite tropical cyclone “Amang.”

The pope wore a yellow raincoat over his vestments while celebrating Mass amid strong winds. He delivered the homily in his native tongue, Spanish, departing from the prepared message in English.

“If you allow me, I prefer today to speak in Spanish. I have a translator, a good translator. May I do it?” Pope Francis…

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