The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on dioceses to hold a second collection in all Masses on Dec. 25 and 26 for the victims of typhoon “Odette.”
The bishops’ conference has also asked dioceses to dedicate the said dates as national days of prayer for families and communities affected by the typhoon.
“Second Collection during the masses on Christmas day and on December 26 shall be collected as the Alay Kapwa Solidarity Fund solely for the Catholic Church’s collective emergency response,” Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Kalookan, CBCP president, said in a solidarity appeal.
“We encourage everyone to remit all collections to Caritas Philippines that will then plan and implement our overall response,” he added.
The church’s social action arm, David said, will provide the dioceses reports and updates on a regular basis.
“May this season of giving offer us more opportunities to do consistent acts of Alay Kapwa (offering of oneself),” David said.
Caritas Philippines said at least 10 dioceses in Visayas and Mindanao regions were heavily affected by the typhoon.
Odette intensified into a super typhoon before making a landfall in the island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte on Thursday, forcing mass evacuation in low-lying areas.
Packing a maximum sustained winds of up to 195 km, the 15th typhoon to enter the Philippine territory this year destroyed houses displacing thousands of families.
The second-most powerful typhoon to hit the country this year also cut power and communication lines in the affected areas.