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Border Crisis Updates

This page is dedicated to providing updates on the current border crisis and the influx of unaccompanied refugee children.

 

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News Articles:

 

Texas Bishops’ Statement of Principles Regarding Refugee Families and Children

 

Click here to read the statement
Haga clic aquí para leer la declaración

 

A Pastoral Letter by Bishop Olson on the Unaccompanied Refugees Crisis
July 13, 2014

 

Pastoral letters to the faithful of the Diocese of Fort Worth on the unaccompanied refugees crisis. In addition, Bishop Olson requests that the unaccompanied refugee children be included in each parish’s Prayers of the Faithful.

Pastoral Letter by Bishop Michael F. Olson
Carta pastoral del Obispo Michael F. Olson
Prayer for Children seeking refuge from violence

 

Statement by Texas Catholic Bishops on Unaccompanied Minor Influx
June 24, 2014

 

Texas' Catholic Bishops are deeply concerned about the increasing number of unaccompanied children and mothers from Central America and Mexico who are crossing into the United States through our state. Some of these children, as young as four years of age, are reportedly being held in crowded conditions in Customs and Border Protection detention facilities until they can be processed and accepted into a temporary living shelter. So far this year, some 47,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended, with estimates that the number could grow to 90,000 by the end of September.

Statement by Texas Catholic Bishops

 

How You Can Help:

 

Prayer:

We must keep in our private prayers and in our intercessions at Mass these unaccompanied children and their families for they have endured a treacherous journey.

Prayer for Children seeking refuge from violence

Contact Elected Officials:

Reach out to our elected officials to remind them that this crisis is of a humanitarian character. Please ask them to direct our nation to work with the leaders of other nations to promote sound and just policies that respond to the violence and injustice that is at the root of this crisis.

Welcome Box:

One might put together a “Welcome Box” containing one each of the following items: Plastic shoebox-sized container, shampoo, conditioner, body wash/bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, brush/comb, pack of hair ties, deodorant and a small toy. Catholic Charities gladly accepts Wal-Mart gift cards of any amount. Any donated items and gift cards may be deposited on Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at: Creating Hope Donation Center, 249 Thornhill Drive, Fort Worth, Texas, 76115

Foster Opportunities:

If you wish to open your home to an international youth in need, consider attending an informational session at Catholic Charities Fort Worth to learn more about the unaccompanied children foster opportunities. Contact Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Worth at 817-705-5562 or go to www.ccdofw.org for the next informational meeting date.

 

 


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