W.Va. bishop appeals for aid to the Philippines
WHEELING, W.Va. - The spiritual leader of West Virginia's Roman Catholics is asking parishes to remember the devastation in the Philippines at next weekend's church services.
Bishop Michael J. Bransfield is appealing to every parish in the state to take a special second collection on Nov. 16-17 to help those affected by a powerful typhoon.
Reports on Saturday said at least 138 people were confirmed dead in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Some officials said the toll would rise.
The typhoon slammed into six central Philippine islands on Friday, wiping away buildings and leveling seaside homes.
Bransfield said all collections next weekend will go Catholic Relief Services. The international outreach agency is poised to respond to the overwhelming Catholic country.
Bransfield says several priests of Filipino heritage minister in West Virginia.