21 October, 2014 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 12/07/2004
PHILIPPINES – VATICAN
Pope donates money to typhoon victims

The Pontiff's monetary gift is meant to bring some comfort to the victims and to be an 'incentive' to the international community to be generous.



Infanta (AsiaNews) – The latest tally of victims in the ten day deadly typhoon onslaught on the northern part of the Philippines stands at 568 dead and 607 missing.

Infanta, General Nakar and Real are three of the hardest hit areas. These cities can only be reached via helicopter because rough seas prevent ships from docking.

Pontifical Council Cor Unum told AsiaNews today that it sent US$ 25,000 to Caritas Internationalis in the name of the Pope as a token of his solidarity to affected Filipinos.

This follows the appeal the Pope made last Saturday when he sent a telegram of condolences to the typhoon victims.

"We are sending this money," the Cor Unum statement said, "along with our urgent appeal to Caritas Internationalis in favour of the 195,000 homeless families." This sum is meant to "be an 'incentive' for people and international agencies" to bring help to the victims.

These tragic consequences are not the only ones residents in the typhoon-devastated areas must face. Fr Francis Lukas, head of Radio Veritas in Infanta, one of the Philippines' oldest catholic radio stations, told AsiaNews that "dogs here are going wild; maybe even rabid. They bite any person they meet. People suspect [the cause is] lack of food or the shock [. . .] from the typhoons and mud waters".

Floods have even shut down Radio Veritas itself. "Every equipment, the transmitter, our computers are damaged," Father Lukas said. "Everything is covered with mud. There is nothing to save at the station."

The radio reached far-flung areas and for many was the only link with the outside world. It was also the local Vicariate's best tool of evangelisation. Retired Bishop Labayen, supporter of a 'Church of the Poor', hosted a popular Sunday radio program which, at one time, landed him in trouble with the military when the country was under martial rule. (SE)


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
12/06/2004 PHILIPPINES
Pope expresses condolences to typhoon victims in Philippines
12/04/2004 PHILIPPINES
Christian solidarity in typhoon-hit Philippines
12/04/2004 PHILIPPINES
Archbishop of Manila makes a call for prayer and action on behalf of typhoon victims
by Sonny Evangelista
01/02/2005 VATICAN - ASIA
God never abandons us, even in a calamity, says Pope
11/03/2004 JAPAN
Lessons from the Niigata quake
by Pino Cazzaniga

Editor's choices
IRAQ - ITALY
Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraA second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."
IRAQ-VATICAN
"Adopt a Christian from Mosul": Archbishops’ thanks as first aid arrives
by Amel NonaMsgr. Amel Nona, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, who is also a refugee himself, thanks all the donors to the AsiaNews campaign. The situation is increasingly difficult given the huge number of refugees and the arrival of winter and snow, making outdoor shelters and tents impossible. The crisis, an occasion that activates the faith of Christians.
ITALY - IRAQ
After raising € 350,000, 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues
by Bernardo CervelleraDonations raised up to 31 August have been sent to the patriarch of Baghdad and the bishops of Kurdistan. The campaign helps to feed, house, clothe, and bring comfort to more than 150,000 Christian, Yazidi, Turkmen, Shia and Sunni refugees who fled the violence of the army of the Islamic Caliphate. People in Italy and around the world have been generous, including the poor and the unemployed, a sign of hope for the world as well as those who suffer and those who give.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.