Bishop Folda urges area faithful to support Typhoon Haiyan recovery efforts
Bishop John Folda has asked priests and church leaders to encourage parishioners to contribute to the Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief fund sponsored by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). CRS is an international humanitarian agency founded by US Catholic Bishops in 1943. CRS, in cooperation with its partners, will help provide displaced individuals and families with housing, essential supplies, clean water and sanitation.
“The people of the Philippines need our help,” Bishop Folda announced. “We should do all we can to bring immediate relief and recovery to individuals and communities broken by this devastating storm.
During a meeting this week of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, conference president Cardinal Timothy Dolan asked Bishop Folda and all U.S. bishops to approve a second collection in their dioceses to assist those affected by the typhoon. In a letter to U.S. bishops, Cardinal Dolan pointed out the misery felt by the people in that area. And, he asked for bishops across the country to encourage financial support for victims.
“Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters affected by this powerful storm,” Dolan stated. “The local government and church institutions cannot manage the magnitude of this disaster on their own. Those affected need our help.”
A second collection will be taken on Nov. 23 and 24 in area Catholic parishes. For more information or to give now, please visit www.fargodiocese.org/typhoonhaiyanrelief.
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