Catholic Charities Mobilizing to Aid Victims

U.S. Bishops Use Institution as Platform for Action

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NEW YORK, SEPT. 14, 2001 (Zenit.org).- The U.S. bishops have chosen Catholic Charities, their key domestic-aid agency, as the platform to coordinate Catholic relief to victims of Tuesday´s attacks.



Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, pleaded: "We urge people who seek to help those in need to join with their fellow Catholics through Catholic Charities USA."

Father J. Bryan Hehir, president of Catholic Charities, said that as "our local agencies continue to assess the needs of their communities, many are providing grief counseling and emergency assistance to help people cope."

"Over the coming days, weeks and months, our agencies will continue to provide whatever services are necessary to see our neighbors through this difficult time," he added.

The Disaster Response Office of Catholic Charities connects the Church´s social service agencies and disaster planning offices across the nation. To contribute to the Sept. 11 disaster relief fund, call (800) 919-9338.

Send checks to:
Catholic Charities USA
PO Box 25168
Alexandria, VA 22313-9788
USA

Catholic Charities said it could not accept contributions of food, clothing, blankets, and other relief supplies.

For more information, see http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.