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Catholic churches aiding Philippine typhoon victims

Published On: Nov 12 2013 04:29:43 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 12 2013 05:37:48 PM EST
Haiyan damage, Boho

Chris Ducker/iReporter

Super Typhoon Haiyan -- one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever observed -- first made landfall before dawn Friday on the Philippines' eastern island of Samar.


Churches in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown will be taking special collections Saturday and Sunday to benefit victims of the devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines last week.

The collections are being taken in the churches of all U.S. dioceses, at the suggestion of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Proceeds of the collections will be forwarded to Catholic Relief Services, the Baltimore-based official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic Church.


Pastors are also being asked to include an intention for the typhoon victims in the Prayer of the Faithful at masses this weekend.