The Pope’s planned visit to the Philippines this January 15 may be under jeopardy due to a looming super typhoon. It has no international moniker at the moment. The country’s local weather bureau PAGASA, which means hope in English has already a name for it. It’s called “Amang” which means dumb. It’s also a moniker used to address an adult.
Which meaning might be appropriate will not really matter. What’s important it will dissipate into the atmosphere and allow the Pope to visit the country most especially Tacloban City, which residents are eagerly waiting for his coming together with entire nation.
The timing might be good for the Pope for him to see personally what a super typhoon really is and the firsthand experience will definitely make his resolve in looking for an appropriate solution to help solve the problem of climate change even stronger. However, the whole nation will be praying that the Pope’s trip will be spared from it and his visit will push through as planned.
If we can recall, the city was hit by the worst typhoon in recent history. A lot of people died there and the destruction to property and agricultural products almost total.
The Pope is expected to make an important announcement about climate change while in Tacloban City which he will use later as the topic in writing his new encyclical later. The encyclical will be his basis in the coming talks about climate change in the UN meeting to be held in Paris where world leaders will gather.
September will be a very important month for the Pope. He is scheduled to meet with the religious leaders of other faiths together with politicians from different countries. Social and environmental issues will be taken up during the meeting. He has been pushing for a new economic order to solve unequal distribution of the world resources, destruction of environment and money-centered economy, which according to him “needs to plunder nature to sustain the frenetic rhythm of consumption that is inherent to it.”
The message will be read by the 400,000 priests in all pulpits of the Catholic churches throughout the world.