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
Editor’s note: For more information about Catholic Relief Services, please visit https://www.crs.org/. To learn more about Catholic Charities USA, please visit https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
PREVIOUS: Memories of 9/11 an opportunity to renew hope in God, archbishop says
NEXT: Retired Cleveland bishop was ‘close friend and constant model,’ says archbishop
Share this story