First post-Yolanda mass held at Sto. Niño parish

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 17 2013 11:37 AM | Updated as of Nov 17 2013 07:37 PM

MANILA, Philippines – More than a week after Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) battered their city, the Sto Niño parish in Tacloban City held Mass for the first time on Sunday.

Although a large part of the church was damaged due to Yolanda, nearly 200 residents still turned up to hear Mass. Because there is still no electricity in the area, a megaphone had to be used for the celebration.

The Taclobanons were visibly emotional during the Mass, with many shedding tears.

In his homily, Monsignor Alex Opiniano said Filipinos should still recognize the goodness of God even as they struggle with the destruction brought about by the typhoon.

“God is good, all the time,” Opiniano said in his homily. -- Report from Robert Mano, DZMM.