Philippines

Pope Francis today begins the second stage of his visit to Asia by flying from Colombo in Sri Lanka to the Philippines capital, Manila. Among the highlights of his trip will be meetings with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, in which more than 6000 people died in November 2013. This will be on Saturday when he flies to Palo to celebrate mass in the Archdiocesan Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration.Palo was founded by the Jesuits in 1596 and the modern Gothic cathedral was constructed...
Pictured here are some of the boats that are being distributed by the local Jesuit relief agency in the Philippines, Simbahang Lingkod Ng Bayan (SLB), following last November’s catastrophic typhoon. The boats will enable Filipinos from Dinagat Islands to resume fishing, thereby generating an income for them and their communities.Jesuit schools, parishes and other communities in Britain have so far donated more than £275,000 to the Jesuit Missions appeal that was launched in response...
The people of Culion Island in Palawan are very resilient and many have already re-built their houses. But they are still made out of light materials such as GI sheets, plywood or local nipa walls; and they have been built on the coastal line - the same area which would make them very vulnerable to disaster again. So, for SLB, more than simply repairing the houses, we intend to create safer communities. Our priority projects in Culion are housing rehabilitation, not in the form of building...

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