August 28, 2020

Archbishop encourages second collection to aid relief efforts in Beirut

In response to the devastation caused by a massive explosion that recently rocked the city of Beirut, Lebanon—killing more than 200 people—Archbishop Charles C. Thompson is encouraging parishes across central and southern Indiana to have a second collection on the weekend of Aug. 29-30.

The explosion on Aug. 4 also injured more than 5,000 people and left countless people homeless in Beirut where officials are still working to evacuate residents.

Catholic Relief Services, along with Caritas Lebanon, has been in the midst of the relief efforts, distributing emergency supplies, clearing rubble and preparing medical and mental health teams to help residents there.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a memo to the bishops in the United States on Aug. 12, expressing great concern for the people in Beirut and the terrible suffering of those impacted by the tragic explosion.

Archbishop Gomez encouraged dioceses to consider joining the effort in responding to this tragic event through prayer and donations. Archbishop Thompson supports that effort.

For parishes and individuals interested in helping the relief efforts, send collected funds to Catholic Charities/CRS at 1400 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46202. Make checks out to Catholic Relief Services.

The archdiocesan Catholic Charities/CRS office will process the checks and forward a check to the national office for Catholic Relief Services. For any questions, contact Theresa Chamblee, director of Pastoral Social Concerns/CRS at tchamblee@archindy.org or 317-236-1404. †

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