Over 100 evacuees now staying at Pope Francis Center for the poor in Leyte

December 8, 2014 5:49 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, Dec. 7 (PNA) — The Pope Francis Center for the Poor in Palo, Leyte is now sheltering over 100 evacuees due to rains and strong winds brought about by typhoon Ruby.

Fr. Chris Militante, Palo archdiocese’s information officer, said that as of Saturday some 100 people most of them women and children from nearby areas are in the center.

“The number is increasing,” he said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website.

The Pope Francis Center, which is composed of an orphanage, home for aged and a clinic, is located inside the compound of the archbishop’s residence.

The center is scheduled to be inaugurated on January 17, by Pope Francis, when he visits the province next year.

Militante said funds for the construction of the building came from the Vatican. It was constructed for five months and was completed this month.

“But as early as now the facility is already serving its purpose by sheltering our brothers and sisters from typhoon Ruby,” he said.

Meanwhile, Filipino priests in Rome, Italy are also praying that typhoon “Ruby” (Hagupit) will not be destructive.

Fr. Gregory Ramon Gaston, rector of the Pontificio Collegio Filippino (Pontifical Filipino College), said although they are far away from the country, they are praying with the Filipino faithful for them to survive another calamity a year after typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

"We here in Rome are closely monitoring events as they unfold there in the Philippines. We’re really hoping and praying this typhoon would not be devastating … Let’s put our trust in the Lord,” the priest said. (PNA)

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