Knoxville Diocese collecting money for Philippines typhoon

Knoxville Diocese collecting money for Philippines typhoon victims

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - East Tennessee Catholics are being asked to take part in a special collection for victims of Typhoon Haiyan. The monster storm struck the Philippines Friday, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops agreed Monday to hold a special collection for the victims.

Individual parishes will take up the collection the weekend of Nov. 16 and 17 or Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. All money collected will go to Catholic Relief Services, which is working in the area hit by the storm.

The Diocese of Knoxville has many parishioners who are natives of the Philippines and one Filipino priest: Father Albert Sescon, pastor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland.

"My prayers go out to the many people who have been hurt or affected by this disaster," said Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville. "We will assist our brothers and sisters there as best we can. Thank you for participating in this special collection."

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