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$10M collected for dioceses affected by Hurricane Sandy

Catholic World News - July 03, 2013

The Subcommittee on Catholic Home Missions of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that the nation’s Catholics gave $10 million to a special collection for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which claimed nearly 300 lives in October 2012.

Half of the collection’s funds have been allotted to Catholic Charities USA, while the other half is being distributed by the subcommittee. In June, the subcommittee distributed $2.5 million to the Archdiocese of Newark and the Dioceses of Brooklyn, Rockville Centre, and Trenton; another round of grants will be given in November.

The subcommittee also granted $300,000 to assist a Missouri diocese in reconstructing a parish and school affected by the 2011 Joplin tornado.

“It seems that each year regions of our country are rocked by some sort of natural disaster, and emergency special collections are requested," said Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior, Wisconsin, who chairs the subcommittee. “Unfailingly, Catholics respond with a generosity that allows the Church to respond immediately.”

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