The super typhoon Haiyan, which is apparently the largest storm to ever hit land, has battered the Philippines. The scale of the disaster is huge, with over 9.5 million people in need of help and 600,000 forced from their homes.
Bishop Teemu Sippo SCJ appeals for help for the victims. He says that media give us information about the disaster that has hit the Philippines. The Bishop goes on: "The forceful typhoon has caused the loss of thousands of lives and untold numbers are injured. An enormous number of people have lost their homes and possessions. Their pain is indescribable."
Bishop Teemu has determined that this Sunday's collection in all the Catholic parishes in Finland will be in aid of the relief efforts in the Philippines. He appeals to people's desire to help and asks for everyone to pray for the victims of the typhoon.
Read Bishop Teemu's appeal in full in Finnish on the Katolinen.fi site.
Help through Caritas Finland's disaster relief account: