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Chaldean Christians in the Archdiocese of Detroit gather to protest persecutions in Iraq and ask for help to stop violence in the Middle East.
Learn about a crisis of education and human dignity in Kenya, and what CRS is doing to support change.
Watch a video with the director of the Collection for the Church in Latin America
Christians in Crisis in the Middle East
Given the extraordinary nature of the crises in the Middle East, Archbishop
Kurtz asked dioceses throughout the U.S. to consider taking a special collection in September of 2014 in order to provide humanitarian relief and
pastoral support to our brothers and sisters in need in the Middle East. These
funds are being distributed to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA) who are 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. USCCB is still taking donations for this important effort. All remittances and donations can be sent to the USCCB (Special Collection for the Middle East, P.O. Box 96278, Washington, D.C. 20090-6278).
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal the morning of April 25 just 50 miles northwest of the capital, Kathmandu, toppling buildings and homes, causing widespread panic, and claiming more than 7,500 lives. Following the earthquake, Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville and President of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, asked his brother bishops to take up a second collection for our affected brothers and sisters in Nepal. These funds will be used to support the efforts of CRS as they respond to immediate emergency needs for such necessities as water, food, shelter and medical care as well as the long-term needs to rebuild the communities in the regions affected after this widespread destruction. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is deploying a major emergency response to this severe disaster and all funds taken from the special collection should be remitted to Catholic Relief Services.Keep up with CRS's efforts in Nepal
This video highlights some of the work being done through the National Collections.
"As faithful disciples and imitators of Christ, you are urged to go against the current, choosing the evangelical option of serving the brethren…above all, because you are impelled by the unceasing power of divine charity."
— Pope John Paul II (2001)
Each parish is part of the Church Universal; it is the Catholic
Church in a particular place. The bishops of the United States created
the national collections so that, by combining resources, we can more
effectively carry out our mission as Catholics. Each of these important
collections is worthy of your support. Each collection represents our
community of faith at work in the world, saving souls and
USCCB National Collections partnered with Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) to conduct a survey on recent giving patterns within the Catholic Church. This survey focused particular attention on whether Pope Francis has had a positive effect on giving. Read the survey results.
Thirty-two percent of working-age Catholics have given online at some point, according to a report on U.S. Catholic and online giving from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA).
"The knowledge gained from this report is important for our understanding of the current patterns of giving among Catholics," said Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati, chairman of the USCCB National Collections Committee. Read
the press release.
This document, approved in November 2011 and addressed to bishops and to diocesan and parish personnel, provides guidance and explanation about the nature and meaning of the national collections and direction on how they should be best administered.
One Church. One Mission—Guidelines for Administering USCCB National Collections in Dioceses
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development works to break the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. You are essential to its success. Your generous donations to this collection will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes. Together, we can make a difference in families and communities across the United States.
The 2014 CCHD Collection will take place November 22-23, but your diocese may participate by taking it up on another date during the year. Please check with your local diocese if you would like to be a part of this collection. If your diocese does not participate, learn how to give here. Please donate prayerfully and generously. Thank you!
Materials to promote the collection are available on our website. Please use these materials and share this opportunity to show your solidarity for our brothers and sisters struggling with poverty and unemployment.
For more information, please contact the National Collections staff at 202-541-3346 or email@example.com. We truly appreciate your support of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.
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