Archbishop Wuerl Calls for Prayer and Support Following Earthquake in Peru

August 21, 2007

Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, who has been involved with service projects in Peru for 35 years, has asked parishioners in the Archdiocese of Washington to pray for and offer financial support to the people of Peru following the tragic earthquake that struck that nation a few days ago.

The following message from Archbishop Wuerl was shared at a Mass to pray for the victims of the earthquake, Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC:

“My heart and prayers are with the people of Peru, with whom I have long-standing ties, particularly at this difficult time. We have all seen through the media the terrible images of destruction in that nation and have learned with great sadness of the lives lost and the thousands of people suffering from injuries. In a particular way, this tragedy has touched close to home given the large number of Peruvians living here. Many are our parishioners and staff.

“I ask all of the faithful to join me in offering their support to the people of Peru by keeping them in prayer, but also by offering material support to assist them in rebuilding their lives and communities. Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Washington are authorized to provide an opportunity to do this, with the funds going to Catholic Relief Services, which is coordinating relief efforts for our Church. May God be with and protect the people of Peru.”

Archbishop Wuerl has been involved with and supported services for the poor in Peru for 35 years through the Center for Social Work in Chimbote. The Center houses a maternity hospital, a free medical clinic and a state-of-the-art medical laboratory. The Archbishop has traveled to Peru regularly on behalf of these projects.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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