Churches destroyed by typhoon hold services

TACLOBAN, PHILIPPINES - Despite being largely destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, services were held Sunday by scores of churches in the city of Tacloban.
Still grieving and homeless, thousands attended the first Mass since the storm. One church, Redemptorist Catholic Church, is also serving as an evacuation center. Evacuees staying at the church spoke of food and water shortages in the city.
The Rev. Amadero Alvero preached at his half-destroyed Santo Nino church, a landmark of Tacloban. He said "Despite what happened, we still believe in God." Alvero said the church may have been destroyed, but that the faith of believers is still intact.
More than 80 percent of the 90 million people in the Philippines are Roman Catholic, the largest in Asia by far and a legacy of its history of Spanish colonial rule.

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