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Special Collection for Typhoon Disaster in Phillipines
On November 7, 2013, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded destroyed entire villages and
devastated cities across Philippines and Vietnam. More than as 10,000 people are feared dead in Super
Typhoon Haiyan and more than 9 million people have been affected. The full extent of structural damage is
Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters affected by this powerful storm.
To complicate this situation, Typhoon Haiyan follows on the heels of a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the
same region just a month ago. Citizens in this Pacific Island country are already displaced and have been hurt
even more. The local government and church institutions cannot manage the magnitude of this disaster on
their own. Those affected need our help.
To this end, the parishes in the Diocese of Des Moines will hold a second collection for our affected
brethren and the Church of the region affected. These funds will then be used to support
the efforts of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services (our official
international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church) as we respond to immediate
emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care and assist in the long-term
recovery from the disaster. Collection funds will also be used to support the long-term need to rebuild the
Church after widespread destruction.
Catholic Relief Services has already begun to embark on a major emergency response to this severe
disaster and has committed funds to extended relief efforts. Your help and the help of the Catholic
community of the United States are urgently needed. Additional information on the U.S. Catholic
community’s response to this emergency and how U.S. Catholics can help can be found at www.crs.org and