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Pope Francis visits Tacloban, January 2015

  • The scene at the papal Mass in Tacloban, Jan. 17, 2015
  • Altar for the papal Mass, pre-dawn, Jan. 17, 2015
  • CRS' Josh Kyller (left) and Msgr. Kerrigan in Tacloban, Jan. 17, 2015
  • Mary Mediatrix Village, January 2015
  • Pope Francis blesses the crowd during typhoon following Mass, Jan. 17, 2015

Pope Francis made good on his year-long resolution to visit Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) victims when he touched down in Tacloban, Saturday, Jan. 17 for a Mass at the city airport.  Msgr. Joe Kerrigan represented CCST in concelebrating at the Mass.  Officials from the CRS Philippines country program were also present.

The day was marked by tragedy, as CRS staffer Kristel Padasas was killed by falling scaffolding soon after the Mass. May she rest in peace.