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Archbishop Kurtz to head delegation to the Philippines

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Damage in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan. Damage in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The leader of Louisville's Roman Catholic community is heading to the Pacific to help typhoon victims.

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, now the president of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will leave February 1 for the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the island chain in November.

"The first thing, of course, is to be present with people," said Kurtz. "As a priest how often we come on scenes of great tragedy and in those cases it's not often what you say it's simply being present."

During their visit, the group will also work to help rebuild and bring clean water and sanitation to the areas most affected

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