This is really what we came to see: the good work that you, the Catholic people of good will in the United States, are doing for the people in need here in Lebanon. Thanks be to God for organizations like CNEWA, Catholic Relief Services, Aid to the Church in Need, and wonderful people like the Good Shepherd Sisters, who in the name of Jesus care for these suffering people. Never underestimate the wonderful zeal, love, and charity of our religious women. Thanks for your support, and for being with us on our journey to Lebanon.
Recently I read this moving piece on the plight of Christians in the Middle East. It is our duty to stand up for them as is eloquently outlined by Johnnie Moore, author and Professor of Religion and Vice President at Liberty University, on FoxNews.com:
I wept as I heard their stories, and I wondered why Christians around the world weren’t incensed by it all.
Ironically, that meeting in Jordan was not convened by Christians, but by Muslims who cared about the plight of their Christian neighbors.
At one point, Jordan’s strong and kind king said that “it is a duty rather than…
Jennifer Poidatz, Director of Humanitarian Response at Catholic Relief Services, speaks about the work Catholic Relief Services is doing in the Philippines.
Tomorrow, January 23, is the first feast day for the newly canonized Saint Marianne Cope. I wrote this reflection while I was in Molokai last week.
“The uns . . .”
George Higgins — the legendary “labor priest” from Chicago was, if I recall correctly, the first person I ever heard use that expression, yet he attributed it to the future — God willing — saint, Dorothy Day.
I borrowed it in my brief concluding remarks and prayer at last October’s Al Smith Dinner, as I praised God for the Church’s lookout…
A year-or-so-ago, on Pentecost Sunday, appropriately, I had one of those rare-but-dramatic moments of divine illumination.
I had just finished celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation for about two-dozen of our special needs children.
None other than the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, had attended that 10:15 Mass at St. Patrick’s that morning, and was very moved by the ceremony. She graciously asked to meet each of the children and their beaming families.
As I began the introductions, I bought her to our first child. “Madam President” I began, “this is a wonderful Down Syndrome young man.”
The proud parents, with all the courtesy…
“These are the ones most grateful to you for the new well . . .”
With that, the chieftain of this Islamic village in Ethiopia, not far from Meki, took me over to meet about twenty beaming young girls, all who looked to be about the age of my niece, Grace, seven or eight years old.
I was in the village with a delegation from Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the acclaimed international assistance agency supported by the Catholic community of the United States. We had just been enthusiastically welcomed to this small village to bless…
No surprise at all: as international relief began to arrive in fractured Japan after the awful earthquake and tsunami, among the first were Catholic agencies.
As I said, no surprise: religious communities provide the most massive private (non-governmental) relief and care in the world, and first among the world’s communities of faith is the Catholic Church.
I know, Jesus, our founder, told us not to “blow a trumpet” when we give alms, an imperative we heed particularly during this Lenten season. So, I hope He forgives me for this violation!
But, I’m really not doing it as an act of pride, but…
As you may know, in addition to serving as Archbishop of New York, I am also the Chairman of the Board of Catholic Relief Services. In that role, I joined last week with the Chairman of the USCCB Subcommittee on Latin America, Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, in updating our brother bishops on the on-going situation in Haiti. I thought you might also be interested in knowing where things stand, and the plans for the future. Our letter is attached.
A blessed Holy Week.
Click here to view the letter.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of representing the bishops of the United States at the funeral of Archbishop Joseph Serge Miot in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Papal Nuncio to Haiti and the Haitian bishops invited me because of my role as Chairman of the Board of Catholic Relief Services. Joining me on this profoundly moving trip were Ken Hackett, President of CRS, and Monsignor David Malloy, General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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The stories and images of the tragic events in Haiti continue to move us, as we learn of the devastation of the earthquake, the loss of life, the huge number of people who are hurt, hungry, and homeless. Thank God, there has been a tremendous response from all over the world, particularly here in the United States, as people step forward to help in whatever way that they can. Catholic Relief Services, the Red Cross, and so many other aid agencies are already hard at work in Haiti, and they will need our ongoing support as they begin the…