Pope Francis arrives in Tacloban for mass, audience with ‘Yolanda’ victims

MALAYBALAY CITY (Malaybalay City/17 January) — Pope Francis flew to Tacloban City Thursday aboard a Philippine Airlines Airbus 320 amid stormy weather and landed at around 8:45 a.m. without hitches.

The crowd who had waited and prayed for the Pope’s safe arrival cheered as Pope Francis came down the aircraft.

The faithful chanted “Viva El Papa, Papa Francisco” while hundreds of children in colorful costumes performed native dances as Pope Francis went around the crowd aboard his mobile before holding the mass.

The Pope was expected to issue a statement on climate change, which scientists have blamed on destructive human activities that caused global atmospheric temperatures to rise in recent decades.

Pope Francis, the first non-European to head the Roman Catholic Church, arrived in the country on Thursday for a five-day pastoral visit. (MindaNews)