My Dear Friends in Christ:
The Archdiocese of Boston and the international Catholic community stand in solidarity with our Filipino brothers and sisters in the wake of the events of Typhoon Haiyan. As reports continue concerning the the loss of life and the devastation of this storm, possibly the most severe in recorded history, we are committed to provide all possible assistance and support. At this time I am joined with the bishops of the United States, gathered in Baltimore for the annual meeting, in developing a plan for outreach to the Filipino community and a national collection to assist with relief efforts and the rebuilding that will be necessary in the Philippines.
In this time of crisis we turn to our Lord Jesus Christ, who has promised to be with us always, in prayer for the repose souls of those who perished in the storm and for the strength to bring the needed healing to the injured and to assist the Philippines in recovering from this natural disaster. Together we will go forward with our Filipino brethren as they carry out their mission in the Church and the world.
Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Archbishop of Boston