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US dioceses to take up special collection for the Middle East

Catholic World News - August 22, 2014

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked his brother bishops to take up a special collection for “humanitarian relief and pastoral support” for victims of violence in the Middle East.

Dioceses are asked to take up the collection during one of the first two weekends in September.

“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,” Archbishop Joseph Kurtz said in an August 19 letter.

“These funds will be used by Catholic Relief Services 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.”

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  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Aug. 23, 2014 12:47 AM ET USA

    It's about time.

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