Archbishop Nelson J. Perez issued the following statement Sept. 16, also in Spanish, regarding the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of U.S. military forces Aug. 30.
The last several weeks have been filled with heartbreaking images of individuals and families struggling to flee Afghanistan. We have heard harrowing first-hand accounts from those witnessing the humanitarian crisis unfold on the ground. We have also shared deep sadness following the tragic deaths of armed forces personnel and civilians in Kabul.
We are all created in the image of God and entitled to respect and dignity. As people of faith, we have a responsibility to help our Afghani brothers and sisters through prayer as well as generous and compassionate acts of mercy. I urge all people of goodwill to support Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA humanitarian efforts.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia stands ready to work with these organizations as well as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist refugees arriving in the United States. All of us must do what we can to answer the call of the Holy Father to accompany migrants and refugees on their journey.
I fervently encourage all people of good will to intensify their prayers seeking peace in Afghanistan.
May God abundantly bless you.
Most Rev. Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia
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