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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
The bishops of the United States will express their solidarity with Christians and other minorities in the Middle East in the face of ongoing violence and persecution by taking up a special collection. Proceeds from the collection will support immediate humanitarian and pastoral needs, as well as the cost of long-term church reconstruction.
The collection will be taken in parishes across the United States on either the weekend of September 6-7 or the following weekend of September 13-14.
Archbishop Kurtz wrote to President Obama expressing his concern for the plight of Christians in the Middle East. Read the letter on Archbishop Kurtz's blog.
Dioceses, please use the transmittal form.
Individuals may send checks to:
Office of National Collections
P.O. Box 96278
Washington, DC 20090-6278
Memo portion of check: Special Collection for the Middle East 2014
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 Collection for the Solidarity Fund in the Church in Africa unites us with our brothers and sisters, lifting them up in their efforts to grow and establish the Church on the vast and diverse continent of Africa.
By supporting this collection, you are funding catechism classes, operational costs for poor dioceses, training workshops on leadership and management skills, and peace negotiations in areas torn by war and ethnic discord.
This is a voluntary collection, so your diocese may participate by taking it up on a specific date during the year or by sending a donation at the end of 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.
Materials to promote the collection are available on our website. Please use these materials and share this opportunity to support and build up the faith of our brothers and sisters in Africa.
For more information, please contact the National Collections staff at 202-541-3346 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We truly appreciate your support of the Collection for the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.
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