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Today tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters of all faiths, races, ethnicities, and cultures are still confronting adversity and persecution all around the world—victims of:
Famine and blight
The political and humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to be of serious concern for the Catholic Church and the bishops of the United States. In the past five years, at least four million Syrians have fled their country as a consequence of the civil war and the rise of ISIS. Most have fled to surrounding countries, and many others have moved on to Europe with the hope of finding a place of peace and safety. Reflecting Christ's call to welcome the stranger, it is imperative that we help to provide a place of welcome to vulnerable refugee populations, with particular attention given to the ongoing crisis in Syria.
The Parishes Organized to Welcome Refugees (POWR) program strengthens the dioceses and parishes' ability to welcome refugees from all over the world. Its main focus is to encourage parishes to make an ongoing and organized commitment to working with refugees in partnership with the resettlement program of the diocese. In response to the growing crisis, the POWR program will assist in the resettlement of Syrian refugees. Please consider helping POWR during this needed time. Your support will provide long-term assistance locally to all refugees, like the Syrian refugees, by giving them the vital resources they need to keep safe, healthy, and secure.
The National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services provides funds to help recently arrived refugees and other migrants who are faced with an emergency or crises--burying a family member, temporary help with unanticipated expenses, help in finding employment, etc.
If you live in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC, donate online now. To make a donation from another state go to the National Catholic Fund for Migration and Refugee Services webpage.
On January 1, 2015, Pope Francis recognized the World Day of Peace with the theme: "Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters." In alignment with this message, we invite you to answer Pope Francis' call to build a civilization based on the equal dignity of every person and join our efforts to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking by making a personal commitment and financial contribution to fight human trafficking.
Help us in our fight against human trafficking by making a contribution. If in New York, Florida, or the District of Columbia, donate online. If in another state, please go to the Catholic Fund against Human Trafficking.
response to the crisis of massive numbers of children crossing the
southern border of the United States to escape violence, gang
recruitment, sexual and physical abuse, and other horrendous acts, the Unaccompanied Children's Fund has been established. If you live in New York, Florida, or Washington, DC donate online now. To make a donation from another state, please return this donation form to the address indicated.
Passing on Hope is a program designed specifically for refugees to help fellow refugees. These funds are used for a variety of purposes, including supplementing government programs administered by USCCB--Migration and Refugee Services.
Consider a bequest, planned gift, or transfer of stock. For additional information, please contact Resource Development at 202-541-3214 or MRSDevelopment@usccb.org.
We reserve the right to decline donations under certain circumstances. All donations will be considered and processed in the District of Columbia. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an organization with 501(c)(3) status. Contributions are deductible as provided by law.
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