US bishops to take up special collection in support of Hurricane Harvey victims

(Crux) Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice-president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has requested that all U.S. bishops consider taking up a special collection in support of the dioceses affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families that have lost loved ones and to all who have lost homes and businesses along with their sense of peace and normalcy,” said Gomez.

“We also stand with our brother bishops in the region who have the difficult task of providing pastoral care in these most trying times while managing their own losses. Our prayerful and financial support is urgently needed,” he said.

Archbishop Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston serves as President of the USCCB and in an interview on Crux’s weekly radio show on Monday, DiNardo said he did not feel comfortable asking for money for his own diocese, a likely reason for Gomez’s request on his behalf. [More]