By Leslie Ann Aquino
On Christmas eve, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has asked the faithful to pray for those who suffer such as the victims of the tsunami in Indonesia.
“May I invite everyone to pause and in a moment of silence let us pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering especially in Indonesia,” he told those who attended his Mass at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Monday.
“We unite ourselves in a particular way with our brothers and sisters in Indonesia they just had this tsunami,” added Tagle.
His Eminence also asked those present to remember and be in solidarity with those who suffer here in the country because of the bad weather.
“As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we keep our unity, solidarity with our brothers and sisters who might be suffering because of the bad weather,” Tagle said.
Earlier, Pope Francis appealed to the international community to support the victims of the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia, Saturday.
“My appeal is that these brothers and sisters may not lack our solidarity and the support of the international community,” Vatican News quoted the pontiff.
The pontiff said his thoughts are with the people of Indonesia “who have been struck by a series of violent natural disasters, which have caused many deaths, many missing people, much displacement and considerable material damage.”
At least 300 people were killed by the tsunami which was believed to have been triggered by the eruption of a volcano.