Vatican donates $150,000 to ‘Yolanda’ victims
Vatican has donated US$150,000 to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda in the country.
The Pontifical Council Cor Unum informed the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) regarding the monetary gift in a letter dated November 12.
“The Holy Father Pope Francis, through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum has decided to send an initial contribution of US$150,000 for the assistance of the population,” the letter signed by Msgr. Seamus Horgan, Charge d Affairs of the Cor Unum read.
“That sum, which will be distributed through the local Church in the regions most severely touched by the calamity, will be dedicated to supporting actions in favor of those displaced and those affected by flooding, and it represents an initial and immediate expression of the sentiments of spiritual closeness and fatherly encouragement of the Supreme Pontiff towards the persons and the areas devastated by the storm,” it said.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that Cor Unum is the department of charity of the Vatican.
Pabillo is the head of the social action arm of the CBBP National Secretariat for Social Action which is currently collecting donations for the typhoon victims.
CBCP earlier declared November 11 to 19, 2013 as charity fund drive and prayer crusade for the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Aside from the Vatican donation, Pabillo also revealed that they also received pledges of support from their international partners.
“We received pledges from Caritas Australia, Caritas Norway and Caritas US…these are the different arm of the bishops conferences abroad,” he said.
Pabillo is also the national director of Caritas Philippines.