In a custom common in the Philippines, Sister Rachel Bernardo touches Archbishop Coakley’s ring to her forehead after a mass in Tacloban, Philppines. Archbishop Coakley is the new board chair for Catholic Relief Services. Photo by Laura Pohl for CRS.
Bishop John Noonan expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the people of the Diocese of Orlando today as he released a check in the amount of $506,191.54 representing collections from its 92 parishes and missions to address immediate and long term humanitarian needs resulting from Typhoon Haiyan. The funds were directed to recovery efforts through Catholic Relief Services.
Top Church Officials Visit CRS’ Typhoon Haiyan Recovery Efforts
CRS President Carolyn Woo has just returned from the Philippines, where she joined Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, KY, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City, OK, chairman of the CRS board, as part of a delegation that toured areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan. They met with officials of the Catholic church of the Philippines and visited areas where CRS’ work is transitioning from emergency relief to longer term recovery efforts.
For more on the delegation visit: http://newswire.crs.org/daily-summary-u-s-delegation-philippines/. For a Catholic News Service story on CRS building transitional shelters: http://newswire.crs.org/temporary-homes-next-step-recovery-typhoon-ravaged-philippines/