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People pray at a Mass at Santo Nino church in Tacloban on the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan (CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey)

The region is still grief-stricken by the typhoon that hit just over a year ago. Only a figure like Pope Francis can bring relief

Pope Francis and Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila arrive to celebrate Mass at Manila's cathedral (Photo: CNS)

The Pope was speaking at a meeting with families in Manila

Pope Francis hugs a former street child in Manila (www.anak-tnk.org)

The children sent the Pope thousands of letters urging him to visit them

Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Mass with bishops, priests and members of religious orders in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Manila (Photo: PA)

Pope Francis says the causes of inequality ‘plainly contradict the teaching of Christ’

Young people perform a choreographed greeting during Pope Francis's arrival at Villamor Air Base in Manila (Photo: CNS)

Filipino Catholics feel that Francis, like Cardinal Tagle, really cares about them

Pope Francis speaks to journalists during his flight to the Philippines (Photo: PA)

Or should we feel free to mock religions as we wish?

Pope Francis talks with reporters during his flight to Manila (AP)

Speaking on the plane to the Philippines Pope Francis also said he believed climate change was mainly man-made

Pope Francis arrives at a session of the family synod last October (AP)

What Francis learned when he was shunned

This experience of exile taught the future pope that authentic sources of purification and renewal could be found there

Pope Francis waves to Filipinos as he arrives in Manila (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Pope Francis arrives in the Philippines

Pontiff begins four-day tour of nation that is home to Asia’s largest Catholic population

Pope Francis greets Buddhist monks at the Agrashravaka temple in Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano/pool)

Pope Francis is only the second pope to visit a Buddhist temple