Year of Faith Papal Mass to take up collections for the Philippines

An ocean of love is coming to the Philippines’ Haiyan typhoon victims all the way from the Papal Mass in Rome!  

IMAGE UNVEILING. Pope Francis waves next to Filipino cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of Holy Pedro Calungsod of Philippines at St Peter's basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP
Pope Francis with Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of San Pedro Calungsod at St Peter’s Basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican.  Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

The Vatican has announced that a special collection will be taken up this Sunday, November 24, at the Mass presided in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Francis marking the end of the Year of Faith. The liturgy will begin at 10.30 a.m.

The proceeds from the collection will be offered for the people of the Philippines who are trying to pick up the pieces after the devastating Typhoon Haiyan which ripped through the country last November 8. The President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, S.E. Rino Fisichella, made the announcement in a press conference last Monday.

According to the Council for the New Evangelization, volunteers will pass amongst the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square before the beginning of the liturgy to collect donations. The Philippine collection, in fact, may be the first of its kind. As far as many officials in the Vatican can recall, no collection has been taken up at a papal mass in recent memory. The Council says Pope Francis himself will decide how the donations will be distributed for the benefit of the Filipino people.

Source:  http://www.news.va/en/news/year-of-faith-papal-mass-to-take-up-collection-for

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