The church organizes a national day of prayer for the victims of Odette
The Catholic Church has set December 25 and 26 as national days of prayer for families affected by Typhoon âOdetteâ.
The Philippine Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCP) called on dioceses to dedicate these days to praying for the recovery of communities affected by the typhoon.
Dioceses are also encouraged to organize a second collection in all Masses on Christmas Day and the next day for victims of the typhoon.
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David de Kalookan, president of the CBCP, said the âAlay Kapwa Solidarity Fundâ will be used for the Church’s collective emergency response.
âWe encourage everyone to turn all collections over to Caritas Philippines, who will plan and then implement our comprehensive response,â said David.
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The church’s advocacy arm, he added, will also provide dioceses with reports and updates on a regular basis.
âMay this season of giving give us more opportunities to do consistent acts of Alay Kapwa (self-giving),â he also said.
National Caritas said at least ten dioceses in the Visayas and Mindanao regions were severely affected by the typhoon.
Odette escalated into a super typhoon before making landfall Thursday on the island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte, forcing a massive evacuation in low areas.
With maximum sustained winds of up to 195 kilometers per hour, the 15th typhoon to enter Philippine territory this year destroyed homes, displacing thousands of families.
The second strongest typhoon to hit the country this year also cut power and communication lines in affected areas.
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