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USCCB president: ‘What I learned in the Philippines’

Catholic World News - February 12, 2014

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops discussed what he learned during his recent trip to the Philippines, in which he saw the damage wrought by Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda), the deadliest in the nation’s history. Four million people were displaced by the storm.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, “cautioned against regarding the Filipino people as victims or ourselves as rescuers.”

“What I learned was that, even as they rebuild their homes and struggle for their families’ livelihoods, the Filipino people have real faith and radiate what Pope Francis calls the joy of the Gospel,” he said.

“The overwhelming majority of churches in the Archdiocese of Palo sustained damage of some kind,” he added. “This included eight that were completely destroyed and a cathedral that, despite having its newly renovated roof blown completely off, still drew a full house on a Wednesday evening when we celebrated Mass.”

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