Pope Francis has donated €100,000 (around P5 million) for Filipinos hit by typhoon “Odette,” the Vatican has announced.

“In collaboration with the Apostolic Nunciature in the Philippines, this sum will be sent to the local Church and destined to the dioceses most affected by the calamity to be used in assistance works,” a Vatican press release dated Jan. 18 read.

“This contribution, which accompanies the prayer in support of the beloved Filipino population, is part of the aid that is being activated throughout the Catholic Church and which involves, in addition to various bishops’ Conferences, numerous charitable organizations.

Typhoon “Odette” ravaged areas in Visayas and Mindanao in December 2021.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, “Odette” has killed 407 individuals as of Jan. 1.

It also left 82 individuals missing and 1,147 injured.

In total, “Odette” affected 1,140,118 families or 4,462,997 individuals in 6,530 towns.

Local church organizations have launched fundraisers and assistance drives to help the dioceses affected by the typhoon, including Caritas Manila, which has distributed assistance amounting to about P20 million. John Ezekiel J. Hirro