MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, January 26 (PIA) -- A diocesan priest on Sunday drew parallels and noted some coincidences taking place while the Pope Francis visited Tacloban as part of his five-day apostolic and state visit in the Philippines.

Rev. Fr. Lito Narit shared in his homily at 11:00 AM Mass in the Cathedral here that the prime reason why the Pontiff came to the country was to meet victims and survivors of typhoon Yolanda as well as the Bohol quake.

And there was bad weather when the Pope did come on January 17, giving him a taste of what was it like on November 8, 2013.

"The name of the typhoon was 'Amang." In bisaya, this means mute, or unable to speak. The Pope also was not able to answer the human suffering caused by Yolanda," Narit said.

He added that in tagalog language, "Amang" means Father, and so the Holy Father was around to console and to comfort.

The stormy condition also showed that in spite of anything bad that happens in a person's life, the Father, or God Himself, is there all the time, Narit mused.

But Narit did not mention the accident on a lady CRS volunteer who died when a scaffolding holding a big loudspeaker fell when gusts of wind blew shortly after the Pope had said Mass at the airport, and his motorcade had left.

Still, the Gospel reading on Sunday was Christ's invitation to "Come, Follow Me," and Cristel Mae Padasas' fate may have been just that, a literal obedience until death, some observers noted.

The Pope also displayed humble obedience when his pilot insisted that they left early as the storm will worsen, cutting short the papal engagement in Leyte. (ajc/mmp/PIA8-Southern Leyte)