Manila, Philippines, Nov 8, 2013 / 14:53 pm
As Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest storms in history – hit the islands of the Philippines today, the country's bishops called for prayers to be said for the safety of the nation's people.
"We all know that Typhoon Yolanda," as the storm is known in the Philippines, "is very strong and we pray that it would not really hit us or bring havoc to the country," Archbishop Jose Palma of Cebu, president of the Philippines' bishops' conference, said Nov. 8.
"We have had enough calamities through the earthquake last Oct. 15 and I am hoping that through our prayers, you know with God's help, the effects of the typhoon would not be too destructive" he added, according to Filipino news outlet Sun Star.
"I am appealing to my brother bishops that they will exhort our priests to lead prayers against impending calamities."