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Stronger than the typhoon

· Thirty churches reopen after being destroyed by the natural disaster last November ·

More than 30 places of Catholic worship destroyed by Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 have reopened. 

These places include the parishes and chapels of Samar and Leyte, the islands hardest-hit by the hurricane. According to Fr Emerson Luego, Director of Caritas for the regions of Visayas and Mindanao “the people are truly happy and excited to see – after so many months – their churches back on their feet”. The plan for reconstruction developed by Caritas Manila began at the beginning of 2014 and aims at reopening at least 38 damaged churches and chapels for the community. Fr Luego said that the work will take place in the Archdiocese of Palo and the Dioceses of Borongan and Calbayog and they hope to conclude before November of this year – in time for Pope Francis' visit to the country in January 2015. The visit which the Pope, according to Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, will bring “solidarity and hope to those who survived the typhoon”.

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