European Refugee Crisis
The current refugee crisis in Europe has been declared the worst since World War II. So far this year, more than 360,000 people have arrived in Europe seeking refuge from terror, oppression, and famine in their home countries of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Pope Francis is asking parishes in Europe to house refugees. While taking in refugees may not be an option for many of us here in the United States, we can and should open our hearts through prayer and donations. Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Their mission today is to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. CRS is working with Church partners in Europe to provide immediate assistance, including food, water, sanitation, medical care and legal services to victims of the current crisis. For more information and to support the work of CRS in this refugee crisis, go to http://www.crs.org/stories/refugee-crisis-delivering-aid-experience-commitment. And remember always to pray for the victims and their families.