Catholic churches collecting to aid Philippines

5:51 AM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
A Filipino boy carries a gallon of water in the devastated city of Tacloban, Nov. 13. International aid is starting to pour into the Philippines as authorities stepped up efforts to reach survivors driven to looting after one of the world?'s strongest typhoons devastated their towns. Francis R. Malasig, epa
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore's archbishop is asking churches to hold a special collection at Masses to support relief efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore says the collections will take place this weekend. All the money that's raised will go to Catholic Relief Services, the church's international humanitarian agency.

Authorities estimate some 600,000 people have been displaced by the typhoon, which hit the islands of Samar and Leyte hardest. More than 3,500 people died as a result of the storm.

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