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Development and Peace helping its partners respond to tropical storm in the Philippines

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is committing $50,000 towards humanitarian aid in the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines, which was hit by flash floods and landslides triggered by Tropical Storm Washi on December 17th and 18th.

Local authorities are reporting that over 640,000 have been affected by the floods, including 300,000 people who are now displaced and living in evacuation centers or with relatives. This region of the Philippines is not prone to tropical storms of this nature, and was unprepared for the constant downpour and strong winds, causing excessive damage and over one thousand deaths.

According to the latest situation reports from local organizations and authorities, the most immediate needs are drinking water, food, sanitation and hygiene kits and non-food Items, such as bedding, baby clothes and sleepers.

DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE is supporting the work of NASSA, the national Caritas member, and Ranaw Disaster Response and Rehabilitation Assistance Center (RDRRAC), in some of the worst-hit areas. NASSA will focus its work in the region of Negros Oriental and in Lanao del Norte, providing food, drinking water and non-food Items to the most vulnerable. RDRRAC is working with displaced populations living in the Iligan area, providing food items, sleeping materials, kitchenware, first aid kits and trauma healing sessions.

"We continue to pray for the victims of this tragic calamity," says Fr. Edwin A. Gariguez, Executive Secretary of NASSA. "And we hope that we can share more the spirit of solidarity and hope with our brothers and sisters in need."

For further details about the Development and Peace response to the floods in the Philippines, please visit the Development and Peace website at http://www.devp.org/en/pressroom/2011/comm2011-12-23

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Planned Giving

How much should I give?

Planned giving is a faith response.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary can help you make your gift planned, proportionate and sacrificial through the establishment of an endowment, the purchase of a life insurance policy or a bequest within your will.

There are many diocesan programs and initiatives in need of financial assistance.

These include continuing education of priests, family life programs, education of seminarians, support for retired priests, youth ministry, health care for the aged, missionary work, Catholic Charities, Elizabeth House, Feed the Hungry and capital projects such as land acquisition for new parishes.

Getting started is the most difficult part about making a will.

For a more detailed overview of the Diocese's planned giving program visit our Planting a Future site

If you have additional questions, please contact your professional advisor (lawyer, financial planner etc.) or contact our Director of Charities & Development, Joann Churchill at (403) 218-5531 or joann.churchill@calgarydiocese.ca

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Aid to Nepal

The world has heard, with deep concern, the news of the terrible earthquake, 7.8 on the Richter scale, that hit Nepal during the night of Friday April 24. The epicenter of the quake was only 80 km from the capital, Katmandou. It appears that the destruction was widespread. It is being reported that over 4,000 people have died and even more have been injured. The number of victims is expected to increase significantly in the followi ng days. Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its infrastructure simply cannot withstand an earthquake of this magnitude.

Since Saturday, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP) has been in constant communication with the General Secretariat of (aritas lnternationa/is. Information received from Caritas Nepal, Caritas India and the Catholic Relief Services office in India, indicates that the country is experiencing a major crisis. CCODP has informed us that it has launched an appeal for donations to help in this humanitarian emergency. In fact, it has already posted a banner on the home page of its website and has activated a donation option for the earthquake in Nepal that you can find at the following links:

Donate here

You may also contribute to this humanitarian relief outreach by sending your cheques through the office of the Diocese to CCODP - simply mark "Nepal."

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Syrian Crisis Relief Effort

The Holy Father has appealed international efforts to assist Syrian refugees fleeing Syria and to encourage peace efforts in this region. Our Diocese is accepting financial donations to assist Syrian refugee victims and all funds will be forwarded to CNEWA-Canada.

The Holy Father has appealed international efforts to assist Syrian refugees fleeing Syria and to encourage peace efforts in this region. The Holy Father's most recent appeal can be found on the Vatican website here.

CNEWA - Canada, the Canadian Catholic Near East Welfare Association is collecting funds to assist refugees fleeing Syria. Our Diocese is accepting financial donations to assist Syrian refugee victims and all funds will be forwarded to CNEWA-Canada. Donations can be made as follows:

  • by sending a cheque payable to your parish earmarked "Syrian Relief Effort"
  • by sending a cheque payable to the Diocese earmarked "Syrian Relief Effort" and sent to the Pastoral Centre, 120 17th Ave S.W., Calgary AB T2S 2T2.

Furthermore, the CCCB has recently released a Holy Land Coordination Final Communique 2013 from the Annual Meeting of International Coordination of Episcopal Conferences in Support of the Church in the Holy Land. From January 5 to 13, 2013, the Most Reverend Richard Smith participated in this annual meeting that involves representatives from Conferences of Bishops in Europe and North America, who meet with the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land (AOCTS). Archbishop Smith was accompanied by Mr. Carl Hétu, National Secretary of CNEWA-Canada. The theme for the 2013 annual meeting was "Suffering and vulnerable people in the Holy Land".

The Final Communique can be found on the CCCB website: here

Photo from www.cccb.ca website!

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