Catholics in Philippines assist Typhoon Fengshen victims
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The Catholic Church in the Philippines is working in the aftermath of Typhoon Fengshen to help evacuees and other victims of the storm that, according to Reuters, has killed 224 known victims and left hundreds missing.

That death toll does not include fatalities among the 626 passengers and 121 crew members of the ferry which capsized on June 21 about 65 miles southeast of Manila. UCA News reports that another five people have been confirmed dead in that disaster, but only 32 survivors have been reported as rescued from the disaster.

As part of the Catholic response to the disaster, St. Elizabeth Metropolitan Cathedral in the central Philippines city of Jaro is housing 206 evacuated families in a hall where wedding receptions are normally held, UCA News says. Some evacuees brought folding beds with them, while those with no beds are being given cartons to sleep upon.

Monsignor Meliton Oso, chairman of the Jaro Archdiocesan Social Action Center, said members of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals are distributing food to evacuees. “People just come to bring a cauldron of soup" or other food, he reported to UCA News. The monsignor added, "We need all the hands we can get."

The evacuees have also received medicines for diarrhea, fever and headache. Church workers are trying to ascertain how many evacuees’ houses have been totally destroyed so the Church can help them rebuild “immediately,” Monsignor Oso said.

The Archdiocese of Manila’s social service ministry is also distributing relief goods. Gina Santos, an administrative officer with Caritas Manila, said the social service ministry and the archdiocesan development agency has distributed rice and canned goods to 1,225 families in some parts of the capital and in neighboring Pasay City.

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


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Cardinal Luis Tagle to Pope Francis
Pope Francis in the Philippines: Manila Welcomes the Pope
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Highlights
Pope Francis in Sri Lanka: Interview with Cardinal Ranjith
Pope Francis in SriLanka: Inter-religious Faith Meeting
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day

Liturgical Calendar

January 27, 2015

Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mk 3:22-30


Daily Readings

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mk 3:22-30