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The Church is ever mindful that Jesus Christ was himself a refugee, that as a child he had to flee with

his parents from his native land in order to escape persecution. In every age, therefore, the Church feels herself called to help refugees.
- Pope John Paul II

August 2012

Contact Secretary of State Clinton Today!

Urge the United States to help preserve the life and dignity of Syrian Refugees fleeing to Lebanon and Jordan.
Whats the Issue? As violence in Syria spirals into civil war, civilians are caught in the middle. Thousands have fled
to neighboring countries. Syrian families are asking for help as they struggle to survive. Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and our Church partners are reaching out to Syrian families in need providing hope and assistance with housing, food, medical care and meeting other basic necessities. Syrians fleeing their homes into neighboring Jordan and Lebanon say they represent pieces of something that might never again be whole. Noujad (right), a grandmother in her sixties, never expected to find herself in this situation. How can it be that my husband was killed and my son was kidnapped? The heart of a mother is very sensitive. When her son gets sick, a mother can't sleep in the night. My son is missing, and I can't sleep in the night. We had no idea we would be leaving Syria this way. For my husband, may he rest in peace. I hope he is in heaven now. I only ask that God protects my son." Noujad and her family are receiving assistance in their temporary shelter from Church staff.

Your action is needed now! You can help refugees like Noujad and her family by raising your voice today. Email
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today to let her know how concerned you are about the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighboring countries. Urge her to work for peace and to increase U.S. support and assistance for Syrian refugees.

For more information:

Read the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops letter to the National Security Advisor regarding the crisis in Syria from earlier this spring. Share this prayer for peace in Syria with your parish. Learn more about CRS work with refugees worldwide and read Caroline Brennans first-hand account of Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops th 3211 4 St., NE, Washington, DC 20017 (202) 541-3160 Catholic Relief Services 228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201 1-866-608-5978


Dear Secretary Clinton, As a committed Catholic and supporter of the Catholics Confront Global Poverty initiative of Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I am extremely concerned about the humanitarian crisis in Syria and neighboring countries. I ask that you work to ensure the U.S. do all it can to promote an end to the violence, a political solution inclusive of all Syrians, and further assistance in the deepening humanitarian crisis. I support U.S. efforts to provide humanitarian relief, especially food and medical supplies, to Syrians displaced within the country and those in neighboring countries. As the current crisis intensifies, I ask that the United States assess the situations of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, including Iraqis previously hosted in Syria, for possible durable solutions, including resettlement. I also ask that the United States continue to provide humanitarian relief and assistance to Syrians and that the U.S. government continue to work through multilateral channels, to restore stability in the region, while protecting the human rights of all people, including Christians. Pope Benedict XVI had repeatedly expressed his deep concern over the rising violence and appealed to the authorities and people of Syria to re-establish peace as soon as possible and that the legitimate demands of the countrys people be adequately met, respecting their dignity and to the benefit of regional stability. In his Easter message this year, Pope Benedict reiterated his call that in Syria, may there be an end to bloodshed and an immediate commitment to the path of respect, dialogue and reconciliation, as called for by the international community. May the many refugees from that country who are in need of humanitarian assistance find the acceptance and solidarity capable of relieving their dreadful sufferings. Last month the Pope reaffirmed the need for an appropriate political solution to the conflict. The U.S. bishops stand in solidarity with Pope Benedicts call for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria. It is critical that the United States encourage a political solution that is inclusive of all elements of Syrian society, including Christians and other minorities, and respectful of human rights. Thank you for your consideration of this urgent life or death issue. Sincerely,

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