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Help the Victims of Typhoon Haiyan

The 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.




What I Learned in the Philippines

By Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., talks with Catholic News Service after he was elected the new president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 12, 2013, in Baltimore. CNS Photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec

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.

Scenes from Archbishop Kurtz's February 2014 Visit to the Philippines

 Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, greets a line of Filipinos in Anibong, a community in Tacloban, Philippines in February 2014. CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnA family displaced by Typhoon Haiyan washes their clothes outside makeshift shelters in Anibong, a community in Tacloban, Philippines, in February 2014. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn

 A maritime ship sits more than 100 yards ashore near a road in Anibong, a community in Tacloban,  Philippines in February 2014. CNS photo/Tyler OrsburnPhilippine Cardinal Luis Tagle of Manila greets Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in the Philippine capital Manila in February 2014. CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn

Itinerary for U.S. Bishops' Delegation to the Philippines

Archbishop Kurtz to Visit the Philippines February 2-7, Meet With Typhoon Survivors, Church Leaders, Relief Workers

Biographies of USCCB & CRS Delegation to the Philippines

Q&A on February 2014 Delegation to the Philippines




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