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Caritas supports relief operations

Eight Caritas Internationalis Member Organizations (CI MOs) have pledged their support to the Philippine Catholic Church’s on-going response to Typhoon Lawin (Haima).

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) / Caritas Philippines said that  CAFOD (Caritas England and Wales), Caritas Belgium, Caritas New Zealand, and Development and Peace (Caritas Canada), Caritas Española, Caritas Luxembourg, Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA) and Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands) have pledged to support relief operations.

According to CBCP NASSA, Caritas Española and Caritas Luxembourg helped in finalizing their response plans while assessment teams from the Catholic Relief Services (Caritas USA) were deployed in Isabela.

Cordaid (Caritas Netherlands) is set to join the rapid assessment, Monday.

“As always, our heartfelt thanks to the Caritas family who worked side by side with us in bringing humanitarian aid to Filipinos affected by strong typhoons since the time of Yolanda up to now,” NASSA/Caritas Philippines Executive Secretary Fr. Edwin Gariguez said.

NASSA/Caritas Philippines is the development, advocacy and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Caritas is the official aid agency of the Catholic Church with 165 member countries including NASSA/Caritas Philippines. The Vatican-based Caritas Internationalis, the umbrella organization of all Caritas worldwide, is currently headed by Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, its first Asian president.