Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged Filipinos on Tuesday to offer prayers for the victims of typhoon "Ursula" during mass on Christmas eve.
“Ipagdasal natin ang mga apektado ng Bagyong Ursula sa kanilang sumakanila ang diwa ng Kapaskuhan," Tagle said.
During the mass, Tagle highlighted how the essence of Christmas is still applicable today as the birth of Jesus Christ celebrates the birth of salvation.
“Ang Pasko ay tungkol sa pagliligtas ng Diyos. Ang Pasko ay tungkol sa biyaya na hindi natin karapat dapat angkinin ngunit kusang ipinagkakaloob ng Diyos.”
Tagle also noted that the way to salvation is through following the simple life of Christ by saving others and not leading them in danger.
He also encouraged people to meditate on all of the challenges that they have faced this year.
“Tinatanong tayo ni Hesus para kanino tayo. Sa pagliligtas o sa kapahamakan? Ano ang ating itataguyod salvation o damnation? Choose Christmas bring Christmas to its proper spirit choose salvation," he said.