FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, January 30, 2017
As a member of the board of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for the last five years, I have come to trust and admire CRS’ work with international refugees. In response to the recent executive order, I am reminded of the words of Pope Francis: “There must be no family without a home, no refugee without a welcome, no person without dignity.”
We do not know the short-term outcome of the executive order; however, we do know what we can do now. We have the freedom to be Christ for those already in our midst. I encourage all Catholics to reach out to refugees and immigrants in our community who need help, and to contact their Congressional representatives to make sure that this temporary moratorium is lifted as soon as possible.