(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi SJ, has confirmed that Pope Francis has been informed of the death of a woman during his Mass earlier today in Leyte, Philippines.
27-year-old Kristel Mae Padasas, died after the collapse of a piece of scaffolding by the stage where the Mass was celebrated. She had worked with the Catholic Relief Service during Typhoon Yolanda.
Pope Francis will be sending his condolences to her family.
According to the health official, the incident happened after the Mass when the woman and her group passed by the altar where the Pope gave his homily.
Because of the strong winds brought about by tropical storm “Amang,” the scaffold fell and hit the woman’s head, fracturing her skull. She was immediately sent to a private hospital but died later on.