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Pope expresses solidarity with victims of Philippines typhoon

Nov 10, 2013 - 06:28 am .- Pope Francis sent a message of prayer and encouragement to those who were affected by the huge storm that swept across the Philippines on Friday.

Faithful pray in Philippines as Typhoon Haiyan strikes

Nov 8, 2013 - 02:53 pm .- As Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest storms in history – hit the islands of the Philippines today, the country's bishops called for prayers to be said for the safety of the nation's people.

Parish in Queens celebrates healing after Hurricane Sandy

Oct 31, 2013 - 12:07 am .- A parish in the Diocese of Brooklyn marked the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy with a Mass said in thanksgiving for healing and support received in the year since the storm hit.

Thai Catholic charity offers aid as flooding affect millions

Oct 10, 2013 - 04:10 am .- With heavy rains causing season-long flooding in Thailand, the bishops' emergency relief office in the country has increased its assistance to those whose lives have been disrupted.

Flood teaches stranded kids lessons in faith

Sep 18, 2013 - 12:12 pm .- Two buses driving up to St. Vincent de Paul School in Denver late Friday, Sept. 13 were cheered by weary parents and excited siblings. The 56 students and 11 dedicated adults inside, including school staff, parent chaperones and John Paul II Adventures Outdoor Lab staff, were not coming back from a victorious sporting event but have the rare distinction of surviving the “Flood of 2013.”

Catholic Charities prepares aid for Colo. flood victims

Sep 17, 2013 - 03:22 am .- Catholic relief agencies in Colorado are assembling to provide long-term assistance for victims of the massive floods that have struck the state’s Front Range in the past week.

Denver archbishop offers prayers, support to flood victims

Sep 13, 2013 - 12:06 pm .- As deadly flash flooding devastates the Colorado Front Range, Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver has asked for prayers for and offered assistance to those in the path of flood waters.

New Philippines campaign seeks to help typhoon victims

Aug 30, 2013 - 04:27 pm .- The Augustinian Recollects in the Philippines have organized a campaign to assist the nearly one million people in Manila and various provinces on Luzon Island affected by recent storms.

Relief efforts underway as flooding wreaks havoc in Philippines

Aug 21, 2013 - 04:46 pm .- A combination of seasonal monsoon rains and a tropical storm off the coast of the Philippines has caused massive damage to homes and property, leaving hundreds of thousands in need.

Indian bishops pray for victims of devastating flood

Jun 24, 2013 - 06:15 pm .- The Catholic Bishops Conference of India issued a June 21 statement voicing deep “solidarity” and “concern” for victims of severe flooding in the Uttarakhand region.

Colorado fire draws aid efforts, call for prayers

Jun 13, 2013 - 03:48 pm .- A massive forest fire in Colorado Springs has destroyed more homes than any previous fire in the state, prompting the local Catholic Charities head to ask for prayers for the victims and for an end to the blaze.

Pope makes fourth appeal for Oklahoma tornado victims

May 22, 2013 - 03:52 am .- As he hosted his weekly Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis made his fourth appeal for prayer for the victims of the tornado that killed 24 people in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma bishop supports those grieving in Moore

May 21, 2013 - 03:15 pm .- Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City traveled to Moore today to give his support and concern to those devastated by the tornado that swept through the town yesterday, May 20.

Pope praying for children, others struck by Oklahoma tornado

May 21, 2013 - 08:08 am .- Pope Francis sent special condolences to those parents who lost their children in a tornado that killed around 100 people in Oklahoma.

Six months later, Sandy victims plod through recovery

May 3, 2013 - 05:04 pm .- Six months after Hurricane Sandy devastated the Caribbean and hit the northeastern U.S., coastal community members continue to struggle through the difficult process of rebuilding their lives.

Pope Francis assures Iran, Pakistan quake victims of prayers

Apr 17, 2013 - 06:21 am .- Pope Francis is praying for the victims of the earthquake that killed 35 and injured 100 in Iran and Pakistan.

Pope prays for flood victims, urges aid for survivors

Apr 4, 2013 - 05:52 am .- The Pope is praying for the 54 people who have died in flooding that hit two cities in Argentina and is also appealing for aid to those made homeless by the disaster.??

Haiti rebuilding efforts continue three years after quake

Jan 11, 2013 - 04:03 pm .- Three years after the island nation of Haiti was rocked by a devastating earthquake, efforts to rebuild the local Church have made progress, but there is still much to be done.

Catholic agencies work to help Philippines typhoon victims

Dec 7, 2012 - 02:00 am .- Catholic relief agencies are working to help the victims of Typhoon Bopha, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year.

Parishes in Queens remain ravaged by Hurricane Sandy

Dec 2, 2012 - 07:38 pm .- The faith and generosity that Catholics in the borough of Queens are displaying as they struggle to get through the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are an inspiration to Father Richard J. Ahlemeyer.

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