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Gallery: GOAL prepares 40 tonnes of aid for the Philippines as Pope leads prayers

GOAL has said that the humanitarian situation caused by Typhoon Haiyan is as bad as anything it had encountered in its 36 year history.

POPE FRANCIS TODAY prayed for the victims of the typhoon-ravaged Philippines at a ceremony to mark the unveiling of a mosaic image of the country’s youngest saint in St. Peter’s Basilica.

The ceremony was attended by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Archbishop of Manila, who helped coordinate aid efforts after the storm, which left around 5,500 people dead or missing and 4.4 million homeless.

In an improvised speech, Pope Francis said:

I have been close to your people, I have seen how great the pain has been but also how strong the people have been.Faith emerged from the ruins, it came from solidarity in the moment of hardship.

Irish humanitarian agency GOAL has said meanwhile that the humanitarian situation and devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan is as bad as any of the natural disasters GOAL has responded to since its foundation 36 years ago.

As part of the relief effort Aer Lingus will this Sunday fly 40 tonnes of GOAL aid, including much-needed emergency medical supplies, water, food, shelter materials and other essential items to survivors of the typhoon to Dubai, for onward distribution to the Philippines.

Gallery: GOAL prepares 40 tonnes of aid for the Philippines as Pope leads prayers
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    Pope Francis, flanked by Manila Archbishop Cardinal Luis Antonio TagleSource: AP/Press Association Images
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    An injured survivor from Typhoon Haiyan is carried onto a US millitary C130 Hercules Transport plane.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    Workers attempt to clean up the shattered terminal on the Island of Leyte.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    An baby boy evacuated from Tacloban airport is fed by his father.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    An refugee from Typhoon Haiyan cuddles his new born baby daughter.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    A baby lies sleeping at a food and shelter centre in Cebu citySource: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    GOAL Volunteers pack food parcels for distribution.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    GOAL's James Kelly surveys the devastation on the Island of Leyte.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    A young girl sits on the ruins of her house.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    Two brothers search the ruins of their house for their missing relatives.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    Police and city officials collect bodies left on the street corners.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells
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    A man passes through scenes of destruction in Tacloban.Source: Julien Behal/Maxwells

Additional reporting by © – AFP 2013

Read: Ireland pledges additional €1.6 million to Philippines relief efforts >

Read: The heartbreaking tale of the babies of Typhoon Haiyan >

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