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Bishops’ president asks support for Catholic Charities USA
the Inland Register
(From the January 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)
Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has written to his brother bishops of the United States, asking for their support for the relief efforts of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA).
In his letter, Archbishop Kurtz wrote:
Entering the last weeks of Advent 2015, we received a powerful reminder of how important it is for us to bring the love and care of Jesus to all who suffer. Severe weather, in the form of violent storms, tornados and floods, impacted states in the South and Midwest regions of our country. Additional major flooding is expected over the next several weeks as rivers and tributaries continue to rise. As that happens and the weather continues to grow colder, communities might very well have to contend with freezing and icing of their initial flood damage. And while the poor are the hardest hit by these conditions, many will have vast unmet needs. Msgr. (J. Brian) Bransfield (the General Secretary of the USCCB) and I have been in touch with numerous bishops to learn about their situations and offer our prayers and our desire to be of assistance in this time of great need.
Unfortunately, the traditional “storm seasons” seem to have given way to much more unpredictable weather and natural disasters seem to be increasingly commonplace.
The CCUSA web site – catholiccharitiesusa.org – offers information about the organization’s specific efforts in terms of disaster relief.
“Severe weather brings treacherous conditions to portions of the U.S.,” it points out.
“We believe that disasters – natural or man-made – need not bring lasting devastation to people’s lives. When disaster strikes, CCUSA is ready to step in and provide immediate relief. Our local agencies remain with those affected by the disaster, helping them through the long process of recovery and restoration.”
CCUSA points out that “disasters put people in dire immediate need.” The situations also “create and exacerbate poverty. People who have never experienced poverty may become homeless and short of money overnight. Those who are already poor often lose the meager assets and resources they have. Catholic Charities disaster services commits itself to helping people move out of poverty, whether sudden or chronic.”
Donation information for Catholic Charities USA can be found online: https://catholiccharitiesusa.org.
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