Loading
Bishops asked to hold collection for Typhoon Haiyan relief
Dr. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services, speaks to the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 11, 2013. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA.
Dr. Carolyn Woo, President of Catholic Relief Services, speaks to the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 11, 2013. Credit: Addie Mena/CNA.

.- U.S. Bishops gathered at their fall general assembly in Baltimore were asked to hold a special collection for victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which has caused devastation in Southeast Asia.

The number of fatalities has been estimated at 10,000 in the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan one of the largest storms in recorded history, struck on Nov. 8.

However, Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, said reports on the ground suggest that this is “probably a very low estimate” because some areas are still inaccessible, and the damage there has not yet been assessed.

It is expected that 3 million people will be “very displaced” in the aftermath of the storm, and more than 9 million are believed to have been affected by the storm, she told the U.S. bishops, assembled on Nov. 11 for their annual fall meeting.

Catholic Relief Services is establishing three regional offices in the devastated areas. The organization has pre-committed $20 million in aid, prior to raising the funds, because there is a critical need for supplies. Compounding the devastating effects of the typhoon, the country was struck by an earthquake last month, and many supplies were depleted from that disaster.

In the coming days, Catholic Relief Services will work to offer shelter, hygiene and sanitation kits, and “cash for work” debris removal program. The agency’s goal is to serve 100,000 families, some 500,000 people. Its representatives will also be meeting with the bishops of the Philippines and considering long-term rebuilding efforts in the nation.

Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, chairman of the board for Catholic Relief Services, asked his fellow bishops to consider taking up a special second collection for victims of the storm in the Philippines and Vietnam. The funds will be used both for imminent humanitarian needs and long-term rebuilding.

Tags: USCCB, Catholic Relief Services, Natural disasters


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Aug
20

Liturgical Calendar

August 20, 2014

Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Gospel
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 34: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 20: 1-16

Saint of the Day

St. Bernard de Clairvaux »

Saint
Date
08/18/14
08/17/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Homily
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: