Desperate Typhoon Survivors Plead for Help

Major Church Collections Planned across Ireland

A father carries the lifeless body of his daughter November 10 on the way to the morgue after super-typhoon Haiyan hit Tacloban, Philippines. Photo: CNS

Paul Keenan and Cathal Barry


The Irish Church’s development agency Trócaire has announced that a planned collection at all Masses this weekend to support those affected by the civil war in Syria will now be divided between the two countries. Church leaders have urged priests to make parishioners aware of the collection and for Massgoers to dig deep this weekend.

Speaking from the Philippines, Trócaire’s Eoghan Rice told The Irish Catholic that “people here are in dire need of assistance and many are relying entirely on aid at the moment”.

Meanwhile, GOAL has warned that those who were fortunate to survive the initial disaster,  “are entering a critical period”.

“The lack of clean water and access to emergency services could lead to even greater loss of life. We need to get aid to these people as quickly as possible,” GOAL CEO Barry Andrews warned.