Brief: The Vatican holds a silent prayer for the Philippines

Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Two days following the disaster, Pope Francis led tens of thousands of people at the Vatican in silent prayer for the victims of the typhoon that ravaged the Philippines on Friday, Nov. 8.

The Philippines has the largest number of Catholics in Asia, and Filipinos are one of Rome’s biggest immigrant communities.

On Sunday, Nov. 10, A crowd of pilgrims, tourists and Romans in St. Peter’s Square watched the pope lament the high toll of dead and the enormous damage, then requested silent prayer.