Kurtz, Catholic bishops to visit Philippines

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 8:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville Roman Catholic Archbishop Joseph Kurtz is traveling to the Philippines with a delegation to observe recovery efforts and meet victims of a recent typhoon.

Kurtz, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, plans to meet with survivors and relief workers in the Tacloban area beginning on Sunday.

After Typhoon Haiyan struck in November, the bishops conference asked churches to take up collections for victims. A release from the conference says that effort has raised nearly $10 million for humanitarian relief and church rebuilding.

Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, chairman of the Catholic Relief Services board, and Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, are traveling with Kurtz.

The visit will last through Feb. 7.

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