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CURRENT ISSUE:  September 22, 2008
VOL. 46, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
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WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic community is reaching out to help victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike that tore through Louisiana, Texas, Cuba and Haiti as well as other parts of the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. In Cuba alone, 63,000 homes were destroyed and 444,000 lost their roofs, according to Catholic Relief Services.

People gather at a market area in the Rabeauto slum in Gonaives, Haiti, Sept. 9, following a series of hurricanes that left hundreds dead and thousands stranded. Hurricanes have also caused severe damage and loss of life in Cuba and parts of the United States and Latin America.
The following aid agencies are accepting donations for hurricane relief:

Catholic Charities USA — by phone: (800) 919-9338; online: www.catholiccharitiesusa.org; or by mailing a check to: Catholic Charities USA, 2008 Hurricanes, P.O. Box 17141, Baltimore, MD 21297.

Catholic Relief Services — by phone: (800) 736-3467; online: www.crs.org; or by mailing a check to: Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7090.

Food for the Poor — by phone: (800) 427-9104; online: www.foodforthepoor.org; or by mailing a check to: Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Dept. 9662, Coconut Creek, FL 33073.

Parish Twinning Program of the Americas — online: www.parishprogram.org; or by mailing a check to: Parish Twinning Program, c/o Theresa Patterson, 309 Windemere Woods Drive, Nashville, TN 37215.

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