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Filipinos’ faith is stronger than any typhoon—CBCP head

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MANILA, Nov. 11, 2013—“No typhoon or flood can diminish the strength of the Filipino soul.”

The typhoon that devastated central Philippines may be the strongest in the world, but the faith of Filipinos in God is “even stronger,” president of Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Archbishop Jose Palma said, in a message of hope to all Filipinos.

Highlighting the resilience of Filipino people in time of adversity, Palma said “no calamity or natural devastation can quench the fire of our hope.”

“The Filipino soul is stronger than (typhoon) Yolanda,” he stressed.

Palma assured typhoon victims of the Church’s deepest concern and solidarity amid the “gloom, uncertainty and grief that has beset our countrymen due to devastation wrought by the typhoon.”

He urged the faithful to turn to God “in this moment of national calamity,” just as every Filipino has done “for the past four hundred years.”

Novena of prayer and charity

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines also declared a nationwide novena of prayer and charity from November 11 to 19 for the victims of typhoon Yolanda and the earthquake in Central Philippines, which happened a few weeks ago.

Palma said all Masses and prayers will be offered for the dead and the grieving families they left behind.

He also encouraged dioceses and parishes to conduct a charity fund collection within the same week and have the collection transmitted as soon as possible to the bishops in the calamity stricken provinces. (CBCPNews)

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4 Responses to Filipinos’ faith is stronger than any typhoon—CBCP head

  1. God just killed hundreds of innocent children. What’s the lesson there?

    Ricky Bobby
    November 11, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    • indeed hundreds of innocent children died in the process, of course. and there are more to die if sufficient amount of aid does not come on time. my point is that there are too many people and children in the country that in a tragedy like this, it is difficult not only to account everyone but also to effectively help the survivors.

      jose borneo
      November 12, 2013 at 7:24 am

  2. Peace! In this time of crisis, let us all the more anchor our hope in the Lord and pray for the gift of generosity as we respond to the call to be in solidarity with those severely affected.

    The news item invites us to unite ourselves in prayer (novena). It will be helpful if a prepared prayer can already be attached so that we can immediately respond to the invitation.

    God bless!!!

    Riza Melliza
    November 13, 2013 at 7:46 am

  3. Ricky: To blame God for this is as ridiculous as blaming him for wars and starvation!

    You obviously do not know anything about the Philippines. It’s officials are corrupt. It’s government is corrupt. It’s builders are corrupt.

    What is the lesson? Corruption kills.

    Get a brain.

    jonathan roberts
    November 17, 2013 at 11:55 pm

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