Philippines Celebrates Christmas After Typhoon: With gratitude for being alive and guilt for not being able to help enough

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Filipino typhoon survivors install a giant lantern in preparation for traditional Christmas dinner outside their makeshift house in the typhoon-devastated city of Tacloban. Town officials have launched a contest for the best Christmas decorations among the villages in the city. The destruction and loss of life and property caused by Typhoon Haiyan are casting a pall over the holiday season in a country known for having the world’s longest celebration of Christmas. Dennis M. Sabangan / European Pressphoto Agency

Grateful to be alive

By Carmela Cruz
The Washington Post

TACLOBAN, Philippines — At dawn Mass at the Santo Niño Church, the Rev. Mark Marowen Adona, 31, told the Catholic faithful to follow the example of the Virgin Mary “to always be at the service of the Lord” and to emulate her “courage to build on trust” after she was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that she would…

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