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Philippines nuncio comforts disaster victims

Archbishop Pinto spends Christmas in Leyte following pope's request

Philippines nuncio comforts disaster victims

Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto (center) in a file photo reporter, Manila

December 26, 2013

On Christmas Day, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, apostolic nuncio to the Philippines, spent the day in the province of Leyte to show the "personal solidarity" of Pope Francis with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck in November and forced four million people from their homes.

Tecson Lim, administrator of Tacloban City, told that the nuncio's visit "was so heartwarming and uplifting that it almost able to compensate for the sad Christmas that many Taclobanons are experiencing."

Fr. Amadeo Alvero, spokesperson of the Archdiocese of Palo, said Pinto's visit "is indeed an expression of the solidarity and the love of Pope Francis to the local church."

"Pope Francis loves us that he wants us to know with the visit of his ambassador that we are not alone. The Universal Church does not leave us alone but journeys with us this way towards rebuilding our society," Alvero told

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