Archbishop Nelson J. Perez issued the following statement on September 16, also in Spanish, regarding the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US military forces on August 30.
The past few weeks have been filled with heartbreaking images of individuals and families struggling to flee Afghanistan. We have heard poignant testimonies from people who have witnessed the humanitarian crisis unfolding on the ground. We also shared deep sorrow over the tragic deaths of members of the armed forces and civilians in Kabul.
We are all created in the image of God and are entitled to respect and dignity. As people of faith, we have a responsibility to help our Afghan brothers and sisters through prayer as well as generous and compassionate acts of mercy. I urge all people of good will to support the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia stands ready to work with these organizations as well as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to assist refugees arriving in the United States. We must all do what we can to respond to the call of the Holy Father to accompany migrants and refugees on their journey.
I fervently encourage all people of good will to intensify their prayers for the pursuit of peace in Afghanistan.
May God bless you abundantly.
Bishop Nelson J. Pérez
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Editor’s Note: For more information on Catholic Relief Services, please visit https://www.crs.org/. To learn more about Catholic Charities USA, please visit https://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/.