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Read more of Archbishop Kurtz's blog posts from his visit to the Philippines on the USCCB Media Blog.
U.S. bishops expressed their solidarity with the people of the
Philippines after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan in a letter to the president
of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The bishops took up a special collection in parishes across the U.S. Proceeds from
the collection will go to both immediate humanitarian needs and the cost
of long-term reconstruction for Church infrastructure. Donations to this collection are still being accepted. For more information, see our National Collections page.
By Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
Seven cargo ships ran aground in the Anibong region of Tacloban City during Typhoon Haiyan, or Yolanda, as it’s called in the Philippines. Three months later, children run and play around the mud-encrusted rudders of one ship. Wooden poles stick out of the water nearby where now-destroyed houses once sat on stilts. Debris litters the ground for miles. Power lines overhead dangle on patched and broken poles, impossibly tangled.
Anibong was my first encounter with a neighborhood devastated by the typhoon. Our delegation representing the U.S. bishops and Catholic Relief Services could see immediately how great the need for aid remains. Over February 4-6, I also would see the vital work of CRS in the lives of these people, work made possible by the generosity of U.S. Catholics and donors around the world.
Walking among some houses now reduced to rubble, I encountered some young people playing basketball. Children are a great prism to view the life of a community. They reflect the values of their families and conditions at home. Speaking to these young people, I saw something I would see repeatedly: the courage and resiliency of the Filipino people.
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