Migration



URGENT ACTION

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.

What’s 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:

**TAKE ACTION!**

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 4th St., NE, Washington, DC 20017
www.usccb.org/globalpoverty

globalpoverty@usccb.org (202) 541-3160
Catholic Relief Services
228 W. Lexington St., Baltimore, MD 21201
www.crs.org/globalpoverty

globalpoverty@crs.org 1-866-608-5978


MESSAGE TO SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON

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 country’s 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 Benedict’s 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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Please find below, the notes from a presentation shared by Sr Roxanne Schares SSND, on the subject of Migration at the JPIC English Promoters' meeting of April 21st, 2010.

Notes on Migration -prepared by Sr Roxanne Schares SSND - April 21st 2010

Fr Milan Bubek draws your attention to a celebratory gathering for all migrants to Rome; May 16th 2010, mass, food tasting and events at S.Giovanno Laterano. See Festa dei Popoli: http://www.baobabroma.org/festadeipopoli/