Church group holds Mass, interfaith service for typhoon survivors

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CEBU City, Dec. 1, 2013— In the face of recent calamities that struck the Visayas region, the Catholic faithful are urged to turn to God in prayer to receive the needed strength and unity to pursue the relief and rehabilitation programs for typhoon survivors. 

The Archdiocese of Cebu Discernment Group (ACDG), in cooperation with more than 70 allied organizations, are holding two separate religious gatherings to unite and rally the people in helping the survivors cope with their struggle to return to normalcy at the soonest time. 

A concelebrated Mass will be held at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral on Dec. 1 at 5:30 pm and on Dec. 2, an interfaith service will be held at the Cebu City Hall Social Hall at 5 pm. 

ACDG convenor Msgr. Romualdo Kintanar, in a press release, said the recent tragedy has brought a great number of people to “measureless pains, anguish, and loss far greater than most have ever experienced in their lives.” 

But, he said the outpouring of compassion and charity from people was immediate, with Cebuanos “leading and joining the massive number of concerned citizens that mobilized within hours of knowing the state and condition of the victims.” 

He noted the “rising tide of generosity and volunteerism” among the people which continues up until present. 

“Aid from other provinces flew in. Disaster teams from other generous countries arrived and established bases in various parts of the typhoon stricken areas,” he said. 

Through the prayer gatherings, he said “[we] continue to ask God for much needed strength and unity” towards rebuilding of lives, livelihood and homes. (CBCPNews)

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