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International aid, solidarity buoy spirits of storm survivors in Philippines

CWN - November 15, 2013

The international outpouring of Catholic support for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, and especially the expressions of solidarity from Pope Francis, have made Filipinos “proud to be Catholic,” a spokesman for the country’s bishops has told AsiaNews.

The typhoon, which followed upon other natural disasters in recent months, “could have suffocated the people’s spirit,” the spokesman said. But the sense of solidarity that has arisen in the wake of the storm has buoyed the people’s morale.

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