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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
May 8, 2015
For immediate release

Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany and Catholic Charities Respond to Nepal Earthquake

As part of the international effort by the Catholic Church in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal last month, Albany Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger has requested parishes throughout the Diocese to take up a special collection to help earthquake victims.

The 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck that region on April 25 taking the lives of at least 7,000, injuring many more, leveling thousands of homes and businesses, and leaving untold numbers of people without needed food, water, shelter and medical attention. Catholic Charities is coordinating the Diocesan response, and donations to the recovery effort also may be made online at www.ccrcda.org

In making this appeal, Bishop Scharfenberger said, “We are asking our very compassionate parishioners throughout the 14-county Albany Diocese to once again show their great generosity in supporting this relief effort. As they have so many times in the past, I am confident that Catholics and others will respond in like fashion in order to help the thousands upon thousands of people in Nepal recover from this terrible and tragic natural disaster.”

Catholic Charities CEO Vincent W. Colonno said, “We’re glad we can mobilize the people of our area to help those who were affected by this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with those who are recovering.  As Catholic Charities helps the poor and vulnerable locally, when an event like this arises we’re also proud to assist groups like CRS that are helping our brothers and sisters in need around the globe.” All donations are being sent on behalf of the Diocese to Catholic Relief Services. 100% of the funds raised from this appeal will go to support Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its partner  Caritas Nepal,  plans to support 15,000 families with emergency shelter, blankets, water treatment kits and hygiene kits.

Pope Francis and people around the world are praying for those affected by the tragedy. Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States, is responding to the crisis on behalf of Catholics in the United States.

The CRS supplies – including tarpaulins and tools needed to construct temporary shelters as well as sanitation and hygiene items – were pre-positioned in Bihar, a state in India that borders Nepal, as the area was known to be earthquake-prone. Trucking them to Kathmandu was a challenge due to damage to roads. More supplies coming from Dubai – delayed by Kathmandu’s overcrowded airport — will arrive as soon as possible and be distributed immediately.

More information on the disaster response can be found on CRS’ webpage, www.crs.org  Updates will be posted on www.ccrcda.org