• Braving storm, poncho-clad pope visits typhoon zone

    • Jan 16, 2015

    TACLOBAN, The Philippines — Braving strong winds and driving rain, Pope Francis traveled to ground zero of a 2013 super-typhoon in the central Philippines that left 6,000 dead and 4.1 million homeless, assuring survivors they haven’t been forgotten. The pontiff was forced to cut the outing short by almost four

  • Pope to deliver ‘strong hug’ to typhoon-devastated region

    • Jan 16, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis will visit the typhoon-ravaged Filipino region of Leyte Saturday to bring support to the survivors of a tropical storm that killed thousands and devastated the region. The 2013 storm killed more than 6,000 people, left 4.1 million displaced, damaged or destroyed 1.1 million homes, and

  • Philippines braces for a tropical storm that could derail Pope Francis’ visit

    • Jan 14, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines — As Pope Francis prepares to arrive in the Philippines, the local committee organizing the visit is praying for salvation from the one unpredictable force that could derail the visit: the weather. Forecasters say that a tropical depression projected to enter the Philippines today or tomorrow could turn