Philippines Bishop Praises First Responders to Typhoon

Catholic News Agency reports on first responders to Typhoon Ketsana that hit the Philippines Saturday.

After a major storm in the northern Philippines caused flooding that has left at least 246 people dead, the local archbishop praised the heroism of a young man who died saving more than a dozen neighbors. He also called for compassion in what he said may be the worst flood in more than half a century.

“Compassion is drawing many Filipinos to unite with their unfortunate brothers and sisters,” said [Archbishop Lagdameo, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines].

Archbishop Lagdameo saluted 18-year-old Muelmar Magallanes, who died after saving more than a dozen neighbors, the last of whom was a six-month-old baby.

Archbishop Lagdameo expressed “profound gratitude” to the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Relief Services.

“They were among the first to respond,” he explained.

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