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Typhoon survivors try prayer

NOT GOD’S PUNISHMENT:The majority of Catholics in the Philippines attended mass yesterday looking for answers to why the typhoon had struck so violently

AFP, GUIUAN, Philippines

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday that the super typhoon was an “urgent warning” to mankind of the consequences of climate change.

Although many devotees in the Philippines were seeking comfort in God yesterday, for some the disaster was proving a severe test of their faith.

Father Edwin Bacaltos, the parish president at the Redemptorist Church in Tacloban, said that people had repeatedly asked him why the catastrophe had occurred.

“I didn’t give them any theological answer. I just listened and kept quiet. It’s not the time to rationalize,” he said.

Bacaltos said he also had struggled, breaking down while trying to say mass on the first Sunday after the disaster.

“I saw so many people killed. But this is not God’s punishment. I have told them that God still loves us. He will not abandon us,” he said.

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