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Assisting refugees & migrants

The world has been focused with great intensity on the tragedy of refugees fleeing upheaval in Syria and other countries to Europe. But there is a much broader story playing out in the countries surrounding Syria and Iraq who have absorbed most of the 3.9 million refugees - more than half of them children.  Where are they to go? How are they to sustain themselves and their children? What are the long-term consequences? Questions abound, but our Catholic Christian mission to welcome and care for the stranger continues.
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is working with refugees, mostly women and children, who are largely hidden in the news but who are suffering the most from the civil war in Syria and the rise of ISIS.
Catholic Relief Services has ramped up its response to the migrant crisis by working with church partners in Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Serbia. CRS is providing food, water, shelter, medical and legal care to more than 700,000 Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq.
Programs to help children get beyond their trauma are among CRS's key areas of focus.

How Catholics in the U.S. can help

Beginning Sept. 27: Come together in solidarity with migrants and refugees around the world. Join Caritas International, Pope Francis, the USCCB and the diocese to "Share the Journey." Details
Read "7 Things You Can Do to Help" from Catholic Relief Services


to support the efforts of CRS in their work with refugees: (click the button below):
Thank you. And please, keep migrants and refugees everywhere close in your thoughts. They are frightened, far from home and will need your prayers and support every step of the way.
A prayer for refugees from CRS.  

Additional resources

Other Christian organizations addressing issues of persecution & violations of religious freedom 

Three Catholic agencies to support that help persecuted Christians in Iraq
Knights of Columbus: Christian Refugee Relief & News 
Under Caesar's Sword:
Collaborative global research project & film on response of Christian communities to severe violations of their religious freedom
Open Doors: Serving persecuted Christians worldwide


Annalise Laumeyer, communications director