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Mormons donate to Catholic project

WASHINGTON (SE): The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, commonly known as the Mormon Church, has donated US$1.25 million ($9.69 million) to the Migration and Refugee Services run by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The bishop’s conference website reported on August 30 that the gift came in the form of cash, donated food and goods and will be used to directly assist newly-arrived refugees through its 80 affiliated diocesan resettlement offices throughout the country.

“A direct response to the ongoing and unprecedented global refugee crisis, the donation will help with both welcoming refugees and assisting them to begin to build new lives in our country,” the bishops’ conference says.

“We are grateful for the ongoing relationships we have with people of faith for the opportunities it provides to assist in one of the fundamental principles of the gospel—caring for those that may feel like strangers among us,” Bishop Christopher Waddell, from the Church of Latter Day Saints, said.

“This includes those who have been driven from their homes and find themselves in new and unfamiliar circumstances. This donation today is part of our ongoing relationship with the United States bishops’ conference and our collective resolve to follow Jesus Christ and assist in bettering the lives of refugees.”

Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, the chairperson of the Committee on Migration, responded, “I am extremely grateful that Bishop Waddell and the Latter Day Saints Church chose to support the Migration and Refugee Services in this way. Together, as people of faith, we know that refugees desperately need our help—and this generosity allows us to serve many more.”

Migration and Refugee Services is described as representing the bishops’ interests in policy formulation, communication, advocacy, education and other specialised services to at-risk and vulnerable migrant populations, including immigrants, refugees, victims of human trafficking and unaccompanied minors.

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