Pope Francis said a huge open-air Mass for a rain-drenched crowd of millions in the Philippine capital on Sunday, after appealing to the world to "learn how to cry" over the plight of poor, hungry, homeless and abused children.
Philippine communities shattered by Super Typhoon Haiyan a year ago are starting to bustle again as a mega-reconstruction effort takes root, but millions of survivors still endure brutal poverty and are dangerously exposed to the next big storm.
The Philippines said "Thank you" on billboards around the world on Saturday in gratitude for the massive outpouring of international help after a typhoon that killed about 8,000 people three months ago.
Hoping to lift the spirits of thousands of people left homeless by Typhoon Haiyan, cable operators set up TV screens inside a sports stadium, near a church and in other landmarks in the devastated region to broadcast Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao`s comeback fight.
The number of people dead or missing after one of the world`s strongest typhoons struck the Philippines climbed to 7,000 on Saturday, as the United Nations warned much more needed to be done to help desperate survivors.
Survivors began rebuilding homes destroyed by one of the world`s most powerful typhoons and emergency supplies flowed into ravaged Philippine islands, as the United Nations more than doubled its estimate of people made homeless to nearly two million.