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Quake hits Nepal again, more aid needed

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MANILA, May 13, 2015— Caritas Filipinas will continue to send aid to Nepal after another major earthquake rocked the country yesterday, killing dozens of people.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, former president of Caritas Filipinas, reiterated the agency’s appeal for aid amid growing need of earthquake victims.

A second major quake hits Nepal, causing several buildings in the capital Kathmandu to collapse. (Credit: Caritas Australia)

“Our appeal (for aid) is ongoing. We may not be able to help them all but we are part of the Caritas Internationalis (network) helping the people on the ground,” Pabillo said.

“Let’s continue to help them with whatever we can give to show our concerns including our prayers for them,” he said.

Caritas Filipinas, also known as the National Secretariat for Social Action, is the advocacy, development and humanitarian arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.

Its local partner, Caritas Manila, also has an ongoing fund-raising campaign, including a second collection at Masses in churches under the Archdiocese of Manila last May 3.

Fr. Anton Pascual, executive director of Caritas Manila, said cash donations are now at around Php 300, 000, not counting those gathered in the second collections.

“The second collection will only be held once but we and our networks continue to accept donations,” Pascual said.

At least 65 people were reportedly killed on Tuesday when a 7.4 magnitude quake hit Nepal, which is still reeling from a devastating quake nearly three weeks ago that claimed more than 8,000 lives. (CBCPNews)


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