Picture: A CRS staff member speaks with a beneficiary displaced in Iraq. Kris Ozar/CRS
Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of Christians and other innocent victims of violence in Iraq, Syria and Gaza who are struggling to survive, protect their children and live with dignity in dire conditions. Given the extraordinary nature of this crisis, we are joining Dioceses throughout the country to hold a special collection on the weekend of September 6-7 to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East.
The funds raised through this special collection will be used by Catholic Relief Services (our official international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church) and other Catholic agencies working in partnership with the local Church to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs facing the people in Iraq, Gaza, Syria and surrounding countries where refugees have fled. These organizations have well-established partnerships with the Catholic Church in the region, allowing them to respond quickly and efficiently to victims in some of the hardest to reach areas. Collection funds will also be used to support Church programs to aid persecuted Christians and to respond to rebuilding needs of Catholic dioceses in the impacted areas.
Please give as generously as you are able! Thank you.