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Archdiocese of Dubuque to hold Haiti collection

DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Archdiocese of Dubuque will hold a special collection in all parishes in support of Haitian victims suffering in the aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake.  It's in response from a call from Chicago Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"It has destroyed countless homes, churches, seminaries, schools and other buildings and has left millions without the most basic necessities of life. Our faith compels us to pray for and reach out to our brothers and sisters in their time of suffering," wrote Cardinal George to all U.S. bishops on Wednesday.

Meanwhile back in Dubuque Archbishop Jerome Hanus wrote: "I strongly encourage you to ask the members of your parishes to respond generously to the urgent needs of the people of Haiti who are suffering immensely as a result of the massive earthquake. Without doubt the people of the Archdiocese have been and will continue to pray for the victims and those providing them immediate help. It is reassuring to know that our Catholic Relief Services programs and personnel have been present in Haiti for many years and are already serving the people. But many more resources will be needed."

Several parishes in the archdiocese have a long history of assisting individual schools and parishes in Haiti and are anxiously waiting to hear if they have experienced loss of life or destruction of buildings.

Some of the parishes with sister parishes or school in Haiti include: St. Anthony, Dubuque; St. Joseph, Bellevue; All Saints, Cedar Rapids; St. Jude, Cedar Rapids; St. Patrick, Cedar Falls; St. Francis Xavier, Dyersville; Wright County Catholic Cluster (Clarion, Belmond, Eagle Grove); Holy Family, New Hampton; St. Mary, Vinton; St. Edward, Waterloo.

Funds collected will be used by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to help the people of Haiti. Catholic Relief Services has already committed an initial $5 million to fund relief efforts, said Cardinal George.

A link to CRS has been established through the archdiocesan web site at dbqarch.org/catholicreliefservices. Those who wish to send donations through the Archdiocesan Finance Office can go the archdiocesan home page, www.dbqarch.org and click on the "Online Giving" button.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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