The world was shocked by the terrorist attacks on citizens in Paris. In the wake of the news, there are many discussions about how to respond including whether or not we should permit Syrian refugees into the United States.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, along with Migration Refugee Services, developed several tools to help Catholics better understand the plight of the refugees.
A list of talking points offers a Catholic perspective on why displaced Syrian refugees should be welcomed.
An explanation of the 13-step screening process for refugees describes the strict security checks that are part of the refugee vetting process and to refute the notion that there is no process in place.
For further reflection, statements from Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Migration, from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, Archbishop of Louisville, KY, and President, USCCB, and from the USCCB’s Administrative Committee, provide inspiring messages of hope and support for Syrians coming into the country.
Finally, please pray for peace around the world and for the safety all families who travel in danger.
PHOTO CREDIT: Catholic Relief Services