Thursday February 20, 2020
10:34 am

Follow Us!

NWICatholic The Pastoral Center in Merrillville (where the NWI Catholic office is located) will be closed tomorrow Jan. 30 because of extreme cold.
NWICatholic "This horror is the antithesis of everything that Jesus Christ and the Church purport to be about." Read more this… https://t.co/bgy28ODR3j
NWICatholic "Nurture the garden of your soul. Walk there with the Lord in the early light of dawn or the cool of the evening. S… https://t.co/gUZG67EYkN
NWICatholic St. Kateri Tekakwitha, patron of the environment, ecology and those in exile, pray for us! Memorial July 14. Join u… https://t.co/JZbsuC42H2
NWICatholic In Bishop Donald J. Hying's recent column, he writes about narcissism and entitlement, both of which call us to con… https://t.co/HKixiv8SHK
NWICatholic In this week's column, Bishop Donald J. Hying talks about the Eucharist as the center and summit of our faith, a pr… https://t.co/FetmBtZWqF
NWICatholic The new documentary, "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," is scheduled to be shown locally starting Friday at Scherer… https://t.co/er18dHrAd5

Priest appels for more shelters for evacuees of volcanic eruption in Philippines

eruption

People displaced by the eruption of the Taal volcano attend Mass at an evacuation center in Tagaytay City, Philippines, Jan. 19, 2020. A Catholic priest has appealed for more and better shelters for victims of the volcanic eruption after criticizing a local government response. (CNS photo/Eloisa Lopez, Reuters)

 

by Catholic News Service

 

MANILA, Philippines (CNS) - A Catholic priest has appealed for more and better shelters for victims of a volcanic eruption in the Philippines after criticizing a local government response.

         Ucanews.org reported that authorities in Tagaytay, located near the erupting Taal volcano, announced they had set up private spaces for couples to be intimate.

         Inside the rooms, where couples can spend hours together after securing permission from authorities, are a mattress and bottled water.

         But Father Jerome Secillano of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Manila said better and additional evacuation centers would serve a greater purpose than "love nest" rooms.

         "We need more places to accommodate the thousands still holed up in cramped evacuation centers," said the priest, adding that the "last thing you would think about during a calamity is intimacy."

         As of Jan. 22, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported that nearly 72,000 families or more than 280,000 individuals were affected by the volcano. Of that number, about 39,000 families, or 149,000 individuals, were in 493 evacuation centers.

         The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has maintained an Alert Level 4 over the volcano, meaning a "hazardous explosive eruption" is possible in hours or days.

         Meanwhile, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, retired archbishop of Manila, expressed his gratitude to people who sent help to communities affected by the disaster, ucanews.org reported.

         "We want to thank everyone for helping the evacuees," said the cardinal, noting that the spirit of "Bayanihan," or helping each other, is still very much alive among Filipinos. "It is really nice that many are visiting and helping," he said.

         Archbishop Gilbert Garcera of Lipa also noted how people are still smiling despite their situation. "This is the Christian life," he said. "We will rise again."

          

See more content!

To view more articles and search our website register with NWICatholic.com.

Join The Flock

Flock Note