Some ‘Yolanda’-damaged churches OK now

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MANILA, August 14, 2014— Several parish churches that were severely damaged by typhoon Yolanda last year are now ready to offer services again.

“The people were really happy and others became emotional that after some months, their churches were rebuilt again,” Fr. Emerson Luego, Caritas Manila in-charge for Visayas and Mindanao said.

Several churches damaged by typhoon Yolanda like this one in Palo, Eastern Samar continues to offer the sacraments as much as possible despite great damage to its buildings. (Photo: CBCP News)

According to him, repair on some 30 churches and chapels in Samar and Leyte is now complete.

Work began early this year to restore at least 38 damaged churches and chapels in Samar and Leyte in a rehabilitation project funded by the Caritas Manila.

Luego said the target is to finish repair of churches in the archdiocese of Palo and the dioceses of Borongan and Calbayog before November this year.

The funding for the project, he said, came from the Bahay Pari Cooperative and the P20 million proceeds from the “Rise! Rebuilding from the Ruins Concert” held last June.

Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez earlier lauded assistance and programs that would help strengthen the faith of the typhoon survivors. (CBCPNews)

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