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Bishop George Coleman of the Fall River Diocese has authorized pastors to hold a special collection, at their discretion, to support relief efforts in the Philippines. A super typhoon struck that part of the world last week. Proceeds from the collections will go to the Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, which are already responding to the emergency, with water, food and medical help.

A massive international aid effort is starting to take shape, but not quickly enough for the 600,000 people who've been displaced -- many of them homeless, hungry and thirsty. With the airport battered and roads made impassable by debris, very little aid has arrived in Tacloban, the city hardest hit by the typhoon. The official death toll is up to 2,344, but it's expected to rise.

 (Material from Associated Press was used in this story)